Theatre Students, Faculty Win Prestigious Kennedy Center Regional Awards - Humboldt State Now

Theatre Students, Faculty Win Prestigious Kennedy Center Regional Awards

Students and faculty in HSU’s Department of Theatre, Film, & Dance won several top awards in the regional competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Denver. The winners include the student nominee who will represent the region in the Kennedy Center’s national awards in April.

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Theatre student Justine Bivans took first place in the Quick Costume Change competition.

The awards recognize faculty and students for acting, directing, playwriting, set and prop design, technology and stage management. Region VII comprises Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

“We see how hard the students in our department work on projects whether acting, directing, designing, or working behind the stage. Their success in such a large regional competition truly validates both their hours of dedication and their craft as creative artists,” says Theatre Instructor Susan Abbey. “The fact that they did so with team enthusiasm and support demonstrated their collaborative skills.”

HSU senior Heidi Voelker, who won top award for her set design of “Los Pajaros,” will represent Region VII with an all-expense-paid trip to the National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. this April.

Theatre instructor Derek Lane won the Horace Robinson/Jack Watson Award, which is given to a faculty member who shows dedication and support for their students above and beyond the normal duties expected of university faculty. In addition, several HSU students received job offers for the summer in acting/musical theatre, as well as in design and technical theatre fields.

A complete list of winners is below.

Design Competition:

Team Honors:

Technology Competition: