FESTIVAL 54 REGIONAL & NATIONAL
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
REGIONAL AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Congratulations to Suzanne Delle, this year’s recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) & Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Innovative in Teaching Award for 2022. See Suzanne’s award acceptance HERE.
|Design, Technology, & Management||Nicole Sponaugle||Regional 1st Place for Scenic Design||4000 Miles – Adelphi University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Kacie Huston||Honorable Mention for Scenic Design||She Kills Monsters – Muskingum University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Kassidey McMillan||Regional 1st Place for Lighting Design||5 Women Wearing the Same Dress – Suffolk County Community College|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Sam O’Dea||Honorable Mention for Lighting Design||The Moors – York College of Pennsylvania|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Zacc Bang||Regional 1st Place for Sound Design||Love and Information – Millersville University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Shane Wilson||Honorable Mention for Sound Design||Triangle Factory Fire Project – West Chester University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Skylar James||Regional 1st Place for Costume Design||A Midsummer Night’s Dream – James Madison University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Sabrina Simmons||Honorable Mention for Costume Design||Head over Heels – James Madison University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Aliyah Guthrie||The Randy Lutz Allied Design & Technology Award||The Gypsy Woman (Mask Design) – Muskingum University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Augusta Kinzel||The Randy Lutz Allied Design & Technology Award Regional Honorable Mention||Anne of Green Gables (Hair Design) – Muskingum University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Erin Schetelich||Regional Stage Management Fellow Selection||Fugitive Songs – Towson University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Alexis Miller||Regional Stage Management Fellow Honorable Mention||Elsewhere – SUNY Oswego|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Kathryn Richer||Don Childs DTM Cross-Discipline Collaboration Award||Angles in America Part One: Millennium Approaches – Rochester Inst of Tech & National Tech Inst of the Deaf|
|Design, Technology, & Management||David McDonald||Jane Childs DTM Legacy Award||Anne of Green Gables – Muskingum University|
|Design, Technology, & Management||Christina Tyree||Vectorworks Award||Anne of Green Gables – Muskingum University|
|Devised Theatre||Mercer County Community College||Excellence in Devised Theatre||“The 9/11 Mermorial Performance Project” – Performed by Kyle Bethea, Cole Chulamanis, Hakim Hachicha, Angelina Hawke, Timika Young
Jody P. Gazenbeek-Person (Theatre Advisor)
|Dramaturgy||Gabby Wilson||KCACTF/LMDA Regional Dramaturgy Award||The Pandemic Project – James Madison University|
|Dramaturgy||Kuvar Bhatnagar, Emily Foreman, Abby Hines, Lorenne Huaman, Alexis Miller, Rachel Monson, Maria Przepióra, Hualbin Ramirez, Ryan Ricketts, Edward Salazar, & Sabrina Taylor||Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative Dramaturgy||Elsewhere – SUNY Oswego|
|Dramaturgy||Benjamin Cloud||Outstanding Achievement in Classroom Dramaturgy||Cost of Living – York College of Pennsylvania|
|Dramaturgy||Kuvar Bhatnagar, Emily Foreman, Abby Hines, Lorenne Huaman, Alexis Miller, Rachel Monson, Maria Przepióra, Hualbin Ramirez, Ryan Ricketts, Edward Salazar, and Sabrina Taylor||Outstanding Dramaturgical Lobby Display||Elsewhere – SUNY Oswego|
|Dramaturgy||Arushi Grover||Outstanding Dramaturgical Program Note||The Last Five Years – Pennsylvania State University|
|Dramaturgy||Rachel Monson||Outstanding Dramaturgy for a NPP 10-Minute Play||The Only Way Out – SUNY Oswego|
|Dramaturgy||Kuvar Bhatnagar||Outstanding Dramaturgy for a NPP One-Act Play||The Vivian Play – SUNY Oswego|
|Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy||Kate Joseph||ITJA Boot Camp Graduate & Excellence in Theatre Journalism and Advocacy||The College of Wooster|
|Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions||Fernando Mercado||Regional Award Selection||Adelphi University|
|Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions||Emma Scholl||Runner Up||Adelphi University|
|Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions||Izzy Addison||Best Partner||James Madison University|
|Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions||Kirstin VanRenselaar||Classical Acting Award||Alfred University|
|Musical Theatre Intensive Auditions||Alawna Mallory||Regional Award Selection||Slippery Rock University|
|Musical Theatre Intensive Auditions||Thea Simpson||Runner Up||James Madison University|
|Musical Theatre Intensive Auditions||Joshua Schull||Open Jar Institute Award||Binghamton University|
|National Playwriting Program||Sydney Cain-Frazier||Outstanding Performance in a 10-Minute Play||Sad Loved Ones Who Have To Work In The Morning – West Chester University|
|National Playwriting Program||Monique Barnes||Outstanding Performance in a One Act Play||Selenelion – Howard University|
|National Playwriting Program||Amelia Yasuda, Ruby McEwen, Kailee Goldberg, Leslie Monaco||Outstanding Ensemble Performance of a NPP Reading||The Vivian Play|
|National Playwriting Program||Nate Hatchett, TiJhana Hines, Rakell Foye, Kaylin Luces, Emmy Masteller||Outstanding Ensemble Performance of a NPP Reading||This Is How You Capture The Light|
|National Playwriting Program||Katelyn Loss, Lexi Twilley||Outstanding Ensemble Performance of a NPP Reading||Stall Talk|
|National Playwriting Program||Raymond Ingram, Delasia Venterpool||Outstanding Ensemble Performance of a NPP Reading||Little Black Kids Don’t Go Outside|
|National Playwriting Program||Sahira Parker||Outstanding Direction of a 10 Minute Play||Little Black Kids Don’t Go Outside – Bowie State University|
|National Playwriting Program||Josie Palmarini||Gary Garrison Regional Finalist||Stall Talk – Ohio University|
|National Playwriting Program||Kyndal Harrison||Gary Garrison Regional Finalist||academic play – University of Virginia|
|National Playwriting Program||Emily Zhou||John Cauble Regional Finalist||The Vivian Play – University of Maryland College Park|
|National Playwriting Program||Kandace James||John Cauble Regional Finalist||This Is How You Capture The Light – Carnegie Mellon University|
|SDC Directing Initiave Program||Kimmarie McCrann||Regional Selection||Adelphi University|
|SDC Directing Initiative Program||Maria Przepiora||Runner Up||SUNY Oswego|
Region 2 Festival 54 Invited Productions
CONGRATULATIONS to our Festival 54 Invited Productions!
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
directed by Andy Head
It’s the 1980s. President Reagan sits in the White House while the AIDS crisis rages on. Caught in the middle are a Valium-addicted Mormon, her closeted lawyer husband, and two men ripped apart by an AIDS diagnosis. This is a story about fighting for survival, love, politics and God. In 1993, Angels in America, written by Tony Kushner, won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Rochester Institute of Technology & The National Technical Institute of the Deaf
A Commissioned World Premier Musical
directed by Aaron Galligan-Stierle
Welcome to the newest social media platform, Glitz! Where anybody can become somebody in a matter of a single click! Making Melrose, a new irreverent musical comedy, is a hilarious and insightful take on human connection in a world stuck inevitably online. Chock full of twists and turns, Making Melrose is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their computer screens.
Slippery Rock University
by Dominique Morisseau
directed by Sahira Parker
Pipeline delves into the all-to-real challenges of students caught in America’s broken education system which actively works against disinvested communities and students of color. Live and virtual audiences are placed directly into the space where the drama happens – surrounded by the gates and walls that seem to confine the learner rather than foster growth. Pipeline’s directing team is led by graduating senior Sahira Parker, who shares this story of a mother’s immeasurable love, using her parental resilience, patience, and strength to provide protection and support for her son.
Bowie State University
by Diana Son
directed by Mary Ellen Allison
“A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and gradual, that lives can change irrevocably,” says Variety.
Diana Son’s Stop Kiss is a modern tale of cosmopolitan obscurity and of finding love where you least expect it. It is an unabashed look at struggles of sexual identity and longings for connection as it shines a light on themes of assault and homophobia.
Ramapo College of New Jersey
By TJ Young
directed by Richard Kemp
All for one and one for all! In this uproarious and feel-good new comedy, theater company “The North American Unified Theatre Collaborations of the West” really want to put on a show. Like, really bad. The actors have decided to stage a new adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Only, they aren’t nearly as prepared as they should be. With puppets and pool noodles, this theater group prepares for their glorious comeback … that may not happen.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegria Hudes
directed by Stephanie Paredes
Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love. The boundaries of Elliot’s Latinx family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. Water by the Spoonful is a heartfelt and poetic meditation on lives on the brink of redemption and self-discovery during a time of heightened uncertainty.
Water by the Spoonful is a collaboration between the Department of Theatre and Music Studies and the Rochester Latino Theatre Company (RLTC).