Theatre students hone skills at regional competition

Rachel Kiefer '17Four Linfield College theatre students were recognized for outstanding work at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Denver, Co., Feb. 20-24.

Seventeen Linfield students and four faculty members attended the festival, participating in a variety of shows, workshops and competitions. Junior Rosalie Olson received a meritorious achievement award in the undergraduate category for her scholarly paper, “Maids: An Analysis of Molière’s Female Ideal in ‘Tartuffe’ and ‘The Learned Laides’.” Junior Savannah Hurst (pictured below right) also received a meritorious achievement award for scenic design of “Talley’s Folly” by Lanford Wilson. Senior Alyssa Lawrence presented her Prompt Book and discussed her work as stage manager in last fall’s production of “The Madwoman of Chaillot” in the Stage Manager Competition. Senior Rachel Kiefer (pictured above left) presented a project in the lighting design competition featuring her work in “The Madwoman of Chaillot.”

Savannah Hurst '18Six Linfield students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting competition. The nominees and their partners include: Ben Bartu and partner Madison Ryder; Glenn Rust and partner Bailey Sipila; Robert Murphy Jackson and partner Joella Cordell; Marcos Galvez and partner Alyssa Lawrence; Melory Mirashrafi and partner Antoine Johnson; and Naomi Boydston and partner Lillie Moses.

Rob Vaughn, technical director and sound designer at Linfield, led a workshop presentation, “Okay, But Where Do We Put It After the Show? Stock Turntables.”

KCACTF is an annual drama conference that provides Northwest theatre students with the opportunity to attend workshops, performances and seminars on a variety of theatrical topics including directing, acting and design.