HPU Theatre Professors Receive Prestigious Award

Posted on February 25, 2011.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 25, 2011 – Two professors from the High Point University Department of Theatre received the prestigious Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Direction by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Jay Putnam, associate professor of theatre, was acknowledged for his direction of the world premiere production of John Cariani’s “Love/Sick” which was the department’s opening production of the 2010-2011 season.

Ed Simpson, professor of theatre and chair of the department, received his award for his direction of the classic “Our Town.”

KCACTF is a national theater education program that is dedicated to identifying and promoting quality in college-level theater production.

“I appreciate the honor,” says Putnam. “The true joy of this process, however, was creating this new work with our hard-working HPU students and our wonderful guest playwright. It was a fantastic experience.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley

Vice President and Chief of Staff


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