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4/15/2008 Linfield students earn drama honors

McMINNVILLE – Linfield College theatre students and faculty members have been recognized for outstanding work by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Linfield earned five certificates of merit for "Crave," which ran March 18-21. Directed by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, the production analyzed how various addictions affect the lives of individuals.

Certificates of merit were awarded in the following areas: junior Trish Castaneda-Gonzales of Gresham, sophomore Will De Biccarri of Sandy, senior Caleb Kearns of Dayton and junior Afton Pilkington of Snoqualmie, Wash., acting ensemble; junior Matt Cantelon of Kent, Wash., sound design; junior Tess Malone of Sammamish, Wash., lighting design; Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts, scenic design; Gupton and junior Zane Johnston of Sammamish, Wash., direction.

In addition, Castaneda-Gonzales, De Biccarri and Pilkington were nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting competition, also part of the KCACTF, which will be held in Moscow, Idaho, in February.

Gupton said she is proud that the play was well received and appreciated, both for acting and design aspects.

"It was not an easy show to pull off," she said. "Without all of the students and staff working together so creatively and professionally, it would not have received the awards that it did."

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

For more information call 503-883-2802.