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Peru Theatre Company Honored at Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College’s (PSC) Peru Theatre Company recently received several honors at the week-long Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Lincoln.


Approximately 3,000 students from 77 colleges and universities in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota participated in the festival, the vast majority of who are theatre majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Following is a list of the honors bestowed upon PSC. 

  • Spirit Award for outstanding school spirit.
  • Certificate of Merit for Ensemble Acting, won by the cast of Marat/Sade and PSC Director of Theatre and Instructor of Communication Arts Joshua Young.
  • Certificate of Merit for Dialect Work, won by Young and the cast of The Seafarer.
  • Tessa Way, a senior art, graphic design and marketing major from Rulo, won second place in the Publicity competition for her work on Marat/Sade, the second year she has won in that category.
  • Davina Andrew, a senior English major from Omaha, was cast in the 10-Minute Play Festival out of 120 who auditioned.
  • Young was one of seven directors selected to participate in the Faculty Directing Showcase.
  • Nicholas Baird, a junior liberal arts major from Tecumseh; Grace Cole, a sophomore biological science and English major from Scribner; and Chloe Langford, a freshman early childhood education major from Bellevue; were cast in the Faculty Directing Showcase out of more than 120 students who auditioned.


Yong said, “I am extremely proud of the progress our students have made. Their diligence, commitment and the quality of their work are to be commended.”


Started in 1969 by the Kennedy Center's founding chairman Roger L. Stevens, the KCACTF is a national theater program involving 600 colleges and universities and 18,000 students from around the country. Through state, regional and national festivals, the KCACTF provides theater departments and student artists an opportunity to showcase their work, share experiences and insights within the community of theatre artists, and receive outside assessment. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, directing and design.


In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia and regional-level award programs. Regional festival productions are evaluated by a panel of three judges who are selected by the Kennedy Center and the KCACTF national committee.


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