Campus: CSU Fullerton -- March 01, 2002
CSUF Captures Regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Honors
Theatre students from California State University, Fullerton garnered
major awards in the 34th regional Kennedy Center American College Theater
Festival (KCACTF) held Feb. 12-17 in Hayward, California.
CSUF acting student Omid Abtahi of Irvine was selected "Best Actor
in the Irene Ryan Regional Competition" and will go on to the national
competition in Washington, D.C., April 16-23. In playwriting competitions,
alumna Kristina Leach was voted "Best in the Festival for Playwriting"
for her original work, "Grasmere," and Santa Ana resident Todd
Kulczyk's new play, "The Zipper Effect," won the "Best
Invited Scene." "Grasmere," directed by CSUF Associate
Dean of the Arts Joseph Arnold, is being held for consideration for performance
at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Other awards include honors to Santa Ana residents Megan Foster for "Best
Set Design in Regional Competition," Nathan Jones for "Best
Lighting Design in Regional Competition," and Aaron Lamb for "Best
in the Festival for Acting" in "Grasmere" and 2nd alternate
for the Irene Ryan national competition in D.C. Design student Heidi Ballard
of Gardena won a full scholarship to California State University's Summer
Additionally, Jason McBeath of Anaheim was selected as first alternate
for the Irene Ryan national competition in D.C. Sarah Opstad of Long Beach
achieved the "Best Makeup Design in Regional Competition" and
will go on to the national competition. She also won a full scholarship
to CSU's Summer Arts program. Michele Petersen of La Habra was selected
for the national competition for lighting design.
Also, Joy Shannon of Rancho Santa Margarita won a full scholarship to
CSU's Summer Arts program; Dan Volonte of Riverside won the Kate D. Lawson
Lighting Award; and Rebecca Wright of Brea was named "Best Irene
Ryan Partner" in the festival.
More than 40 CSUF acting students were nominated for the prestigious Irene
Ryan Acting Scholarship. The scholarships are made possible by the generosity
of the late Irene Ryan, best remembered for her role in the Broadway hit,
"Pippin" and as the lovable and feisty Granny Clampett on "The
Abtahi, selected from the thousands of competing actors and hundreds of
regional finalists to represent the Region VIII KCACTF in the final competitions
in Washington, D.C., will be competing for two $2,500 scholarships in
the KCACTF finals. Fellow student Jason Buuck was one of the 2001 winners
of the national Irene Ryan scholarships. Abtahi was nominated for his
performance in CSUF's fall 2001 production of Steve Martin's "Picasso
at the Lapin Agile." Irene Ryan Regional finalists were Abtahi, Brooke
Aston of Canyon Lake, Matt Connelly of Yorba Linda, Jennifer Hubilla of
Fullerton, Lamb and McBeath.
In addition to the above awards, CSUF graduate student Kulczyk's new play,
"The Zipper Effect," received a Meritorious Achievement Award
for playwriting. Meritorious Achievement awards also were granted to Brandie
Peck of Placentia, Noelle Benny of Perris, Scott Yarborough of Garden
Grove, Melissa Maxwell of Cypress, Darline Sacquety of Cedar City, Ballard,
Marcie Landherr of Fullerton, Laura Kettle of West Covina, Heather McClain
of Anaheim, Andrea L. Lee of Rancho Palos Verdes, Kathy Hardoy of Costa
Mesa, Ryan Hannig of San Diego and the cast of the CSUF production of
A number of CSUF student designers advanced to the KCACTF Regional Festival
for consideration for the Kate Drain Lawson Design Award. They include
Melissa Cannon of San Dimas and Foster for costumes, Opstad for make-up,
Petersen and Volonte for lights and Kendra Roberts of Anaheim for sound.
In addition, CSUF students Ballard, Foster and Cannon were nominated as
costume designers; Ballard, Mathew Scarpino of Riverside and Foster were
nominated for scenery design; and Volonte, Guada Monzon of Long Beach,
Matt Schleicher of Brea, Petersen and Jones were nominated as lighting
Patrick Johnson of Cypress and Roberts were nominated as sound designers.
Shannon, Coryn Ellis of Huntington Beach, Jennifer Rose of Los Alamitos,
Cannon, and Opstad were nominated for make-up design.
Faculty members from the university's Department of Theatre and Dance
involved in regional workshops included Larry Biederman on directing,
Ann Sheffield on scenery design, Evelyn Carol Case on Shakespeare, Svetlana
Efremova-Reed on Stanislavski, Donn Finn on auditioning, Joan Melton on
Fitzmaurice and Bruce Goodrich on theatrical design.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jim Volz, Office: (714) 278-3538 email@example.com
or Susan Hallman, chair of theatre and dance, at (714) 278-3629