Twenty-one SVSU students traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, to the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region III Festival (KCACTF) from Jan. 8 to Jan. 13.
Students were recognized individually for playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design. KCACTF is an opportunity for students to network, meet new people and establish connections within their field.
Additionally, students were able to compete for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, worth $500.
“KCACTF is a national program that allows young theatre artists to truly showcase their work with peers and professionals alike,” said Amber Tanner, a business junior. “The environment is all about fostering education. Every member of the KCACTF team is a volunteer that cares deeply about the learning process of theatre students.”
Eight students from SVSU will be competing for a scholarship. They were chosen by a KCACTF respondent and professors at SVSU based on their performance and how they will represent the university.
Students also had the opportunity to work closely with professionals and celebrate the creative process. They were able to share experiences and gain insight from within the theatre community.
“What I look forward to most every year is getting to experience theatre workshops and
new shows with all of my closest friends,” said Brianne Dolney, a political science and theatre senior. “We work very hard, but there’s also a little play. Meeting other theatre peers from various Midwest colleges is always a great time, too.”
All students who designed or managed a main stage show at SVSU are given the choice to take and present their design at the festival. Seven students worked with professionals experienced in musical theatre, and eight students worked with professionals in costume, sound, stage and lighting design.
“This is truly a great experience for me and my peers,” said Indigo Dudley, a music senior. “I am so thankful to SVSU for providing the opportunity to us.”
Reporting from Melissa Vennix, Reporter