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Eight students attend nationally-recognized theatre arts festival

February 12, 2016 11:30 AM
Students attend a KCACTF workshop at the recent festival

Eight Flagler College students recently returned from the nationally-recognized Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Charleston, S.C., where they competed in categories ranging from design and technical theatre to performance, stage management and dramaturgy.

Theatre Arts students Olivia Levine, Soranda Lewis and Caroline Brady took home Region IV’s “Devised Theatre Project Award” for a movement-based performance piece titled “Paths.” Their performance explored life choices and the scars left behind from them and posed the question: If you could change a moment from your past, would you?

Five other students also joined Levine, Lewis and Brady. Jillian Cicalese and Will Windle were nominated to be recognized for the Irene Ryan Acting Award for their work in production "Life Is A Dream," with Brian Matthews and Rebecca Woods serving as their acting partners. Jennifer London was nominated for a stage management award and Rhian Franchebois, though she did not attend the festival, was nominated for audio design.

Region IV’s competition in Charleston, just one of eight organized around the nation, was an opportunity for Flagler College students to present and compete alongside the best theatre students from around the South.

In addition to the competitions, students attended many workshops, performances and lectures. Levine gave a short talk on the international organization ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty), a group focused on using arts education to end the cycle of artistic poverty in low-income schools and neighborhoods. As an ASTEP member, Levine spoke about the value of attending the organization’s Artist As Citizen Conference and launching local chapters at the various colleges represented at the festival. 

Flagler College has been participating in KCACTF since 2012. Last year, Mary Hickox, made it to the final round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition (one or eight students out of over 300) and was given an award in Classic Acting. In 2011, Associate Professor Andrea McCook was recognized for Excellence in Directing and resident costumer and adjunct faculty member Elaina Wahl-Temple for Costume Design in “Les Liaison Dangereuses.”