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Why Theatre at St. Ambrose?

The cast of 'Tempest'

An award-winning program

Every year, students and faculty attend a wide variety of workshops through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Frestival (KC/ACTF), and visiting professors adjudicate our productions. In past years SAU has fared extraordinarily well in our experiences with KC/ACTF:

  • In 2000 and 2009 we had an entire production invited to be produced at the regional festival (5 plays invited from over 300 entries). That same production was then held for consideration for production at the national festival (5 plays invited from the regional selections).
  • We have also garnered a great number of Certification of Merit awards for scenic design (Kris Eitrheim, Joe Goodall), Costume Design (Dianne Dye, Brian Hemesath, Corinne Johnson), stage management (Eric Behnke, Megan McLaughlin, Shannon Rourke), directing (Corinne Johnson), and ensemble acting (Oedipus Rex, Brighton Beach Memoirs).
  • In 2005, Corinne Johnson was named Acting Coach of the Year for KC/ACTF Region V.
  • Daniel Sheridan '05 was 1st runner up to the 2005 national festival as a director and many students have been selected (by visiting adjudicators) to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting competition.
  • Over the years SAU has had 23 students advance to the Ryan semi-finals (64 out of over 300) and 6 advance to the finals (17 of over 300).
  • In 2003, 2005, and 2013 SAU's Dan Hale, Daniel Sheridan and Anthony Stratton (respectively) won the regional competition and advanced as one of 16 undergraduates and graduates chosen nationwide to compete at the Kennedy Center.
  • In 2010 Rachel Mayer was the regional winner of the Society for Directors and Choreographers award and spent a week in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center.
  • In 2016, Shannon Rourke won the Stage Management challenge and spent one week at the Kennedy Center in workshops and learning from leading professionals in the field.
  • Johnson won the Gold Medallion in 2017. That same year, Max Moline '17 was runner-up in the Society for Directors and Choreographers directing initiative, and Jordan McGinnis '17 was third runner-up in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition.


And if that wasn't enough...

Students read an impressive variety of plays as part of their coursework. Take a peek at the required reading list (pdf).

Theatre Newsletter

Students searching for a way to combine their writing talents with their love of Theatre need look no further than the Newsletter.

The student staff collaborates to send out a monthly newsletter, keeping our alumni, student body, and community aware of new developments in our growing department. Getting onto our subscription list is the easiest way to learn about the program and all the exciting and fun productions! Subscribe here