Following outstanding recognition at the Louisiana State Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) held in New Orleans the Department of Performing Arts is very proud to announce that it's production of Noises Off was selected as an example of high excellence in theatre production and will go on to represent the University in competition at the 42nd annual KC/ACTF Region VI Festival.

University of Louisiana Department of Performing ArtsHighly competitive, and adjudicated by national and regional respondents, productions held for regional presentation are adjudicated and than ranked for excellence in overall theatre production by the 17 member Regional Committee. Of the 112 productions put on this past year by participating Universities and Colleges in the five-state KC/ACTF Region, UL’s Noises Off was chosen as one of only six productions to earn this highly coveted recognition and to be awarded the opportunity to perform at the 2010 Regional Festival held in Amarillo, Texas.

In choosing UL for excellence in moving forward to Regionals, one respondent sited Noises Off as, “an excellent example of style and ensemble discipline.” “What the UL folks have accomplished with this production serves both to show off the quality of their training/production program and offer up a genuinely entertaining few hours of theater.”

Designed to promote and celebrate the work of educational theatre programs and to identify and promote quality in college–level theatre production, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is a National Organization containing eight regions. UL participates as part of Region VI, which is comprised of five states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

In addition to Noises Off competing for national recognition and an opportunity to represent excellence in theatre production and perform at Nationals, held late spring 2010 in Washington, DC, seven UL students will also be competing for national recognition and prestigious scholarship awards. Bobby Bender, Sarah Hitchcock, Madison Ali Hubbard, Rachel Mauti, and Greta Trosclair will be competing in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition; Technical Theatre student Jenna Fontenot will be competing for Regional Commendations for Excellence in Properties- design and execution; and graduating senior Katie Lamson will be competing in the 2010 Stage Directors & Choreographers (SDC) Student Directing Competition.

About The UL Department of Performing Arts

The UL Department of Performing Arts offers professional training within the context of a comprehensive liberal arts education garnering a broad field of study while grounded in core training. The program’s goal is to develop disciplined and versatile artists through balanced study within their chosen major, complemented and reinforced by a diverse range of theoretical studies and performance opportunities. The graduating student will be socially aware, entrepreneurial in spirit and able to successfully navigate an artist’s life.

The Department of Performing Arts at UL is a highly regarded program where exceptional faculty bridge academic and professional work. The faculty is comprised of a team of artists and scholars who have extensive professional performing experience and academic credentials. Working as an ensemble with aligned sensibilities and a collaborative approach, the faculty offers students an atmosphere where they are nurtured and stimulated in their quest for artistic achievement, technical mastery and scholarly excellence.

During four years as an undergraduate in the UL Department of Performing Arts, students have the opportunity to develop and refine their skills as actors, dancers, directors, choreographers or designers and continue wherever their inspiration and abilities lead them. The study of the performing arts at UL is intensive and the emphasis on liberal arts within a laboratory context is unique.


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