An award-winning program
Every year, students and faculty attend a wide variety of workshops and through KC/ACTF have productions on our own campus adjudicated by visiting professors. In the past years SAU has fared extraordinarily well in our experiences with KC/ACTF:
- In 2000 we had an entire production invited to be produced at the regional festival (5 plays invited from a pool of over 300). 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), stage management (Eric Behnke) and ensemble acting (Brighton Beach Memoirs).
- In other years almuni Daniel Sheridan was 1st runner up to the national festival as a director and many students have been selected (by visiting adjudicators) to compete in the Irene Ryan Acing competition.
- Over the years SAU has had 12 students advance to the Ryan semi-finals (36 out of over 300), 6 advance to the finals (18 of over 300) and in 2003, 2005, 2013 SAU's Dan Hale, Daniel Sheridan and Anthony Stratton (respectively) won the regional competition and went on to be one of 16 undergraduates and graduates nation-wide 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 2005 Corinne Johnson was also named Acting Coach of the Year for KC/ACTF Region V.
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).
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