Theatre Majors Selected to Perform at Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival

Junior Rachel Garrett won the stage management competition.

Junior Rachel Garrett won the stage management competition.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 12, 2014 – A group of High Point University theatre majors recently performed at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.

The students were invited to compete based on their outstanding work on and off the stage. Students nominated for performance work were seniors David Mikulay and Courtney Feiman; juniors Ashton Hunt and Madison Jordan; sophomore Mackie Quirk; and freshman Heather Rossi. Feiman’s work at the festival advanced to the semifinal round of competition, placing in the top 10 percent of all scenes.

Juniors Rachel Garrett and Sarah Thompson were recognized for their outstanding work as stage managers. Garrett won the stage management competition and will represent HPU in Washington D.C. in April. Thompson received an honorable mention.

Senior Jamison Meyer was invited for his outstanding potential as a director. Meyer’s scene from Paula Vogel’s “Desdemona” advanced to the semi-final round.

Seniors DeAnna Hughes and Chaz Duffy, and juniors Ashlee Branch, Jordan and Nina Yasick were also accepted to present an ensemble performance in the festival’s Devised Theatre Project. They created an entirely original performance piece, entitled “The What-ifs We Carry.”

“It is an absolute honor to have been admitted into the KCACTF festival,” says Hughes. “The conference was a great opportunity to network and create bonds with people from theatres around the nation. It was also a place to learn about other programs for furthering my theatre education, something I hope to do after graduating in May.”

“The HPU Department of Theatre faculty are immensely proud of these students and the work they have created in the department,” says Jay Putnam, professor of theatre. “The festival was an opportunity for them to make connections, further develop their theatrical work and gain exposure to leading minds in the field from all over the country.”

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