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ASU Theatre Group Honored at State Festival

October 27, 2011

Student members of Angelo State University’s Arts at ASU program won both design and acting accolades for their production of “All My Sons” at the Texas Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Oct. 20-22 at San Jacinto College in Houston.

ASU students Amber Horton and Martin Rodriguez were recognized for outstanding achievement in design, Horton for costume design and Rodriguez for scenic design. Rodriguez, Megan Blake, Nicole McDonald and Leigha Murray were recognized for outstanding achievement on the honor crew.

ASU student actors Marshall Van Pelt, Sarah Phillips and Matthew Posey were nominated for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships that are given annually to only 16 students across the nation. Winners of the scholarships, which are named for the actress best known for playing “Granny” on the “Beverly Hillbillies” television show in the 1960s, will be announced during the six-state 2012 Region 6 Festival at the University of Oklahoma School of Drama in February.

In addition to the performance of “All My Sons,” ASU students participated in workshops and design forums, and as audience members for other productions. Mike Burnett, ASU assistant professor of theatre, presented a workshop titled “Digital Design Rendering,” and Dr. Bill Doll, ASU professor of theatre and director of the University Theatre, participated in directors’ forums.

Started in 1969, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.