This past week, a good portion of NSU’s theatre department traveled to Minneapolis to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). This is a region-wide festival that draws in theatre students from six states and countless universities.
There are many different activities at this festival. Events can range anywhere from workshops on costume design and props to a competition between the best actors from each university in order to win a scholarship.
This scholarship is the Irene Ryan Memorial Scholarship. An adjudicator is sent to every show that a school submits to be judged. This can be only one show over an entire year or five different shows in a semester, depending on how large the school is. The adjudicator then picks one actor to be nominated to compete for the Irene Ryan Scholarship while the director of the show picks the other one.
These contestants then prepare different scenes and monologues to compete at the regional festival. This year’s nominees were Eli Corbett, Haley Hubbard, Chase Roesch, and Emily Davis. Hubbard made it to the semi-finals. Hubbard was one of 64 out of over 300 actors that were invited and was placed in the top 20 per cent of the performers in the competition.
Davis, a senior and a four year KCACTF veteran, stated, “The festival is an amazing place to take part in opportunities that just simply don’t exist anywhere else. It is also a wonderful place to meet people and network, two incredibly important aspects in the field of theatre.”