Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- May 09, 2001
CSUF Students Win National Awards In Washington D.C.
California State University, Fullerton captured the spotlight in the
nation's capital this past week as CSUF actor Jason Brian Buuck walked
away with top honors in the National Irene Ryan National Acting Contest
and Sarah Annette Opstad won the National Mehron Makeup Design Award
at Kennedy Center festivities in Washington D.C. Both students competed
against hundreds of schools and thousands of other students in a year
long adjudication of university theatre productions throughout the nation.
CSUF scene design student Matthew Scarpino also competed in the festival
as a regional finalist. The American College Theatre Festival was conducted
Mr. Buuck is a graduating MFA in theatre arts-acting student at California
State University, Fullerton (CSUF), who most recently performed in Hotel
Paradiso, Twelfth Night, Our Town, and Three Sisters at CSUF. The Irene
Ryan Foundation was established in 1971 to award scholarships to the
most talented student actors playing in the Kennedy Center/ACTF and
this year marks the 30th anniversary of the scholarship program. Mr.
Buuck will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Mr. Buuck's award-winning scene
partner was CSUF student Sarah Kruger.
Ms. Opstad competed for the national Mehron Makeup Design Award against
students from Middlebury College in Vermont, Colorado State University,
Western Washington University, the University of Southern Alabama, Southwest
Oklahoma State University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
According to Susan Hallman, chair of CSUF's Department of Theatre and
Dance, "This has been an exciting and gratifying week for the department
as our students continue to garner regional and national praise and
awards for their accomplishments on California State University, Fullerton
productions. They bring honor to our department and to our university."
For additional information, contact
Dr. Jim Volz, CSUF Theatre and Dance
Telephone (714) 278-3538 FAX (714) 278-7041