3/12/2009 Linfield theatre students and faculty win awards at regional conference
McMINNVILLE – Linfield College theatre faculty and students won five awards at the Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival/Northwest Drama Conference held Feb. 16-20 at the University of Idaho, Moscow. Twenty-one students participated in a variety of competitions, workshops and auditions during the week.
Linfield’s production of “Crave,” directed by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, was a regional finalist festival production and performed for professional theatre artists from around the country. The conference included colleges and universities from Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, northern California and northern Nevada.
Matt Cantelon, a senior from Kent, Wash., and Tess Malone, a senior from Sammamish, Wash., will participate in the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C., in April as a result of their work on “Crave.” Cantelon won the sound design competition and Malone won the lighting design competition. Their design presentations are on exhibit in the Ford Hall Lobby Gallery at Linfield College through Friday, March 20.
“As soon as the performance started I was proud of the work that the department had done to get the production here,” said Cantelon, who also received first place and a monetary award for his essay “From Midsummer to The Tempest: A Marxist Critique” in the Northwest Drama Conference scholarly paper competition. “The production looked great and the actors took their performances to a new level.”
Festival results reflected the hard work and talent of Linfield students and faculty, according to Malone. “We're smaller and a liberal arts program, which means that we all juggle various aspects of theatre and other academia, and yet we stood up with larger, more specialized schools,” she said.
Zane Johnston, a senior from Sammamish, Wash., won the first place stage management award in the conference’s Tech Olympics and advanced to the semi-final round of the Irene Ryan acting auditions. Ty Marshall, Linfield professor of theatre arts, received a Faculty Excellence Certificate of Recognition for Achievement in Scene Design from the festival for the body of his work at Linfield and in the region.
“As a college professor and theatre artist I believe my job is to work with students to mentor them through the process of learning what creating scenic environments requires,” Marshall said. “To be recognized in this way by my colleagues in the region leads me to believe that I am on the right track as I guide students. I am honored to have my work regarded in this way.”
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