Linfield students earn drama honors

Ajax in Iraq, Marshall TheatreThree Linfield College theatre students have been recognized for outstanding work by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Senior Jenny Layton of Corbett received first runner-up in the dramaturgy competition for her work on “Beyond Therapy.” Freshman Lindsey Hall of McCall, Idaho, was one of six finalists for her 10-minute play “The Lobby.” Hall’s play, along with five others, was chosen from among 75 entries. Freshman Madilyn Bechtel of Kirkland, Wash., received a certificate of merit for her work as the stage manager of “Ajax in Iraq.” Bechtel also won a summer institute trip to Las Vegas, Nev., this summer for additional stage management training.

“The reason we go to this festival is to allow our students to see the broad range of opportunities available to them once they finish college and to make connections with professionals working in theatre,” said Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts. “We also feel that regardless of size, our theatre program and educational process is strong enough to compete with schools that have bigger programs, more students and greater resources. The recognition of our students attests to this.”

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.