Theater department shines at regional American College Theatre Festival

By: Buff Lindau

APPetite earns excellence award in directing

ACTF festival logoEighteen students along with theater professor Cathy Hurst and Associate Professor John Paul Devlin were fully involved in this year's regional American College Theatre Festival, held in Hyannis, MA from January 29 to February 2.

Professor Hurst and theater major Kit Rivers '13 earned an Award for Excellence in Co-Directing APPetite, the recent Saint Michael's College main-stage theater production.

Professor Hurst co-chaired the festival, while Professor Devlin was co-vice chair. Scores of college's from around New England sent more than 1,100 student participants to the event.

cathy hurstThe workshop and production-packed week afforded the students endless opportunities to learn from professionals, take theater workshops, see a number of full-scale productions, and showcase their own talents.

The student participants included the following:

Theatre students - Marla Caram '13, Dustin Kenyon '15, Zachary Pesner '15 and Michelle Kazanowski '15 - competed with their scene partners - Richard Bernache '16, Ben Lane '16, Jill Holland '15 and Evyn Whiteley '15 - in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition.  

John DevlinAlan Hefferon '14 submitted his video projection design from the SMC production of APPetite for award consideration.

Julia Grace Scanlon '15 submitted her stage management book for APPetite and advanced to the final round of competition.  

Shannon Carroll '15 served as an Arts Administration Intern for the festival.

Ashley James '15 was cast in a role in an original 10-minute play which was presented at the festival.  

Professors Hurst and Devlin coordinated planning for festival transportation, booked venues, scheduled programming and accommodated visiting professionals from across the country who participated in the festival as respondents to student work.

The vibrant week of instructional and entertaining activities always stimulates a passion for theater in student participants. Saint Michael's has been one of the longest participating, and most successful college theater programs of the KCACTF regional festival.

For more about the regional festival see their website. To see the full schedule, see the 73-page pdf.

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