November 18-21, the Department of Performing Arts represented UL Lafayette and performed it’s production of Noises Off at the Louisiana State Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

University of Louisiana Department of Performing ArtsDesigned to promote and celebrate the work of educational theatre programs and to identify and promote quality in college–level theatre production, the KC/ACTF Louisiana State Festival featured the work of nine Colleges & Universities from across the state. Attending the festival and bringing fully mounted productions to the award competition were Delgado Community College, University of New Orleans, McNeese State University, Bossier Parish Community College, Louisiana College, Louisiana State University Alexandria, Southern University, Southeastern Louisiana State University, and The University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Competing for recognition, scholarship opportunities, and awards in excellence, we are excited to share that UL Lafayette’s production of Noises Off received a total of 11 Commendations for Excellence, including the two most coveted awards for production excellence. Five UL Lafayette students were recognized for Excellence in Acting, three receiving nominations for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition and two for their work in Ensemble Acting. Technical Theatre student Jenna Fontenot received a Commendation for Excellence in Properties- design and execution.

Four faculty members received awards for excellence in their work: Travis Johnson received an award for Excellence in Technical Design for his set; M. Brady McKellar received an award for Excellence in Costume Design; Ken Harrelson received an award for Excellence in Stunt Coordination; and Nyalls Hartman received two Commendations for Production Excellence for his Direction of the production.

In securing the two most coveted awards for production excellence, The Respondent’s Choice Award and The Director’s Choice Award, UL Lafayette’s Department of Performing Arts and Noises Off earned two recommendations for the production to move forward and be performed at the KC/ACTF Region VI Regional Conference held in February 2010. The University should be extremely proud of the awards and nominations, as well as of the work of our faculty and students, as it is rare that a production receives both The Respondent’s Choice and The Director’s Choice awards at a festival.

If selected during upcoming KC/ACTF Committee Deliberations held in Dallas, Texas in early December, the production and the Department’s faculty and students will go on to represent the University and compete for regional and national recognition, awards, and student scholarships at the KC/ACTF Region VI Regional Conference.

In addition to the awards and commendations, and the opportunity to share our work with other colleges and universities, the KCACTF festival provided professional workshops and networking opportunities for UL Lafayette faculty and students. Department students and faculty participated in programs involving future scholarship, internship, and grant opportunities for actors, directors, dramaturges, playwrights, designers, stage managers, and critics. Graduating senior Katie Lamson met with SDC representatives at the festival as part of her participation in the 2010 Stage Directors & Choreographers (SDC) Student Directing Competition held at the KC/ACTF Region VI Conference this coming spring.


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