HPU Junior is One of Nine Selected for Kennedy Center Theatre Festival

Rachel Garrett at Kennedy Center

Rachel Garrett at Kennedy Center

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 30, 2014 – High Point University theatre student Rachel Garrett recently participated in the National Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. She is one of nine students in the U.S. to receive the prestigious National Stage Management Fellowship.

Garrett, a junior theatre major traveled to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to participate in the national festival, meet professionals, and take part in workshops and networking opportunities.

“The opportunity to represent the High Point University department of theatre at KC/ACTF is absolutely amazing, and I am so grateful for the training I’ve had,” says Garrett. “I feel honored to be a part of a department that works so hard to give me the skills I will need for the professional world, and it’s so exciting that it was recognized at a national level.”

Garrett was recognized for her outstanding work at the KC/ACTF regional competition, where she served as the production stage manager and oversaw the audition process and production of six new short plays. Based on her work at the festival and her interview process, she won the stage management competition for Region IV, and was selected to attend the national festival.

“The theatre department is very proud of Rachel,” says Matthew Emerson, assistant professor of design in the theatre department. “Her hard work and drive was rewarded with this amazing opportunity at the Kennedy Center. Rachel is poised to become a significant member of the theatre community, and this opportunity will go a long way in getting her connected with significant theatre professionals.”

According to Garrett, the coursework and mentorship she receives at HPU have been invaluable in preparing her for this opportunity.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without professors like Matthew Emerson and Russell Hill, who have poured countless hours into providing us with such important knowledge and wisdom, and making sure we are confident in our positions,” Garrett says.

Garrett plans to further her professional experience this summer while working as a stage manager for “TEXAS Musical Drama” in Canyon, Texas. Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school or pursue a career as a stage manager for a professional theatre company.

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