The Winona State University Department of Theatre and Dance (THAD) received numerous awards at the 2012 American College Theatre Festival, Region Five held Jan. 15-20 in Ames, Iowa.
THAD student Tiffany Streng (Chicago) and her acting partner Anthony Schliesman (Rochester, Minn.), won the region’s Irene Ryan acting competition, beating out 300 nominees and their partners to win. The competition included students from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa.
Streng and Schliesman will go on to compete against 15 other regional winners from around the country at Nationals in April at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This is the first time in 30 years a WSU theatre student has advanced to Nationals.
The Winona Warrior Wombats advanced to the final round of the Stage Crew Showdown and lost by one point to Bismark State College of North Dakota.
The THAD department also received certificates of merit for: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – Achievement in Stage Management for Amanda Gehrke (Eau Claire, Wis.); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – Achievement in Sound and Slide Design for professor Jim Williams and Dan Fredell (Elk River, Minn.); and Noises Off – Achievement in Acting Ensemble.
THAD professors Lolly Foy and Jim Williams each won best scene directing awards in the Faculty Directing Showcase.
Acting students Bri Dankers (Lake City, Minn.), and Streng were called back by professional acting companies at the Summerstock auditions.
WSU theatre students participated in workshops, design and acting intensives all week.
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund; and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.
The aims of this national theatre education program are to identify and promote quality in college-level theatre production. To this end, each production entered is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF representative, and selected students and faculty are invited to participate in KCACTF programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.
Last year more than 1,300 productions were entered in the KCACTF involving more than 200,000 students nationwide.