Department of Theatre receives record honors


By Rachael George, Entertainment Editor

The UNO Department of Theatre received a record number of honors during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

“This year, we had eight students enter into the design competition and from that we received five first place awards and one second place award,” UNO’s Director of Theatre Steven Williams said.

First place awards included Matthew Lott for Barbizon Costume Design and Regional Costume Design, Alexandra Stoysich for Barbizon Sound Design, Jillian Steinbeck for Regional Sound Design, Darin Kuehler for Regional Property Design and Elizabeth Thompson for Best Concert Reading.

Lott and Stoysich will represent UNO at the Kennedy Center to compete in the national festival in Washington, D.C. in April.

Charles Fisher took second place in Barbizon Scenic Design and received a Meritorious Achievement Award for scenic design. Professor Sharon Sobel received the Kennedy Center Golden Medallion.

Steve Hartman and acting partner Kristin Tripe made it to the semi-final list of 64 from a starting round of 368 in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.

Adam Van Osdel received a Meritorious Acheivement Award for makeup. UNO’s “Noises Off” received a Meritorious Achievement Award for ensemble.

“The faculty and staff are very proud,” Williams said.

The Kennedy Center and its American College Theatre Festival aim to promote quality in college theatre productions. Selected students and faculty are invited to participate in Kennedy Center programs involving internships, scholarships, grants and awards for actors, dramatists, directors, playwrights, stage managers, designers and critics at both regional and national levels.

The American College Theatre Festival is split into eight regional festivals in the U.S. UNO is part of Region V which includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Last year more than 1,300 productions were entered in the festival involving over 200,000 students nationwide.