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Kennedy Center Honors ASU

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama State Universities students and faculty of the Department of Theatre Arts Program took home several prestigious awards and honors from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Daytona Beach, FL.

The event is a national program with more than 18,000 participating annually through state, regional and national festivals. The goal of KCACTF is to identify and promote quality college-level theatre productions.

"We are extremely proud of our students...We are so blessed and grateful to be educating and training such talented and hardworking students, Anthony Stockard, Assistant Professor of Theatre said. "In the last eight years or so, we have always had someone make it to the final round and win at least one award. These students have maintained and held up the department's presence and reputation for excellence at this national competition and we honor their achievements."

ASU's Department of Theatre Arts Program took home four awards from the festival. 

Students April Green of Montgomery and Brent Ingram of Birmingham advanced to the semi-final round for the Region IV Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Award.

Students Cameron Marcuse of Vallejo, CA and Joseph Batiste of Dallas, TX received the Southeastern Theatre Conference Best Comedy Acting Award. The pair won regional nominations from ASU's productions of "Broke-ology" by Nathan Louis Jackson and "No Child..." by Nilaja Sun. The pair placed 4th in the competition beating out 229 other competing couples from nine states. They were selected as second alternates for their KCACTF Region IV Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Award.

Brian Martin, Assistant Professor of Theatre, received a Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Director for the double-billed productions of "Da'Kink In My Hair" by Trey Anthony and for "Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When the Streets Were Too Much" by Keith Antar Mason.

Student Deonte' Lang was nominated in stage management. He was subsequently selected as a National Stage Management Fellowship Competitor and as a result, served as a festival stage manager for the Region IV Festival.

"There is a rich history of success at competitions with our students, and the legacy continues," Dr. Tommie H. Stewart Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts said.

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