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Conference & Festival Student Recognitions

Maddie Hiatt

March 31, 2022


March is a busy month for our students. In addition to their academic and production responsibilities, many present their work and/or audition at the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), while others deliver papers or lead workshops at conferences around the nation.


Mary Lantz was recognized as a National Finalist in the Musical Theatre Intensive (MTI) and will be heading to National Festival in Washington D.C. to compete with other regional winners. 

Joryhebel Ginorio was recognized as the National Alternate for MTI.

Other MTI finalists include: Paris DuPré (BFA Musical Theatre), David Postlewate (BFA Musical Theatre), Sierra Roberson (BFA Musical Theatre), Lauren Robinson (BFA Musical Theatre), Thomas Schnaible (BFA Musical Theatre), Gracie Wilson (BFA Acting), and Tariq Woods (BFA Musical Theatre).

Bailey Patterson (MFA Performance & Pedagogy) was recognized as the National Finalist for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions and will be joined by her scene partner, Maddie Hiatt (MFA Performance & Pedagogy), to audition at the National Festival in Washington D.C. 

Gracie Wilson (BFA Acting) and her partner, Alexa Teleki (BFA Musical Theatre) made it to the Semifinals for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions. 

Jada Campbell (MFA Playwriting) was recognized for Outstanding Development of a New Musical Award  for her full-length musical, Peripety

Bradley Hewlett (MFA Playwriting) presented his 10-minute play, Quiet on the Plains.

Garret Milton (Fine Arts Doctoral) was a Regional Finalist for his 10-minute play, 8:03

JONATHAN LEEJonathan Lee (MFA Design) earned the Student Choice Award for Sound Design with his design for Sonnets for an Old Century. He was also recognized as the Barbizon National Finalist for his Spring Awakening sound design.

WoodardMeagan A. Woodard (MFA Design) submitted costume designs for Life's a Hurricane and Allied Craft 3D Printing Designs for Spring Awakening. Because she earned the Vectorworks Award for her Spring Awakening design, she will receive a professional license for Vectorworks. 

blotterKelsey Blotter (MFA Design) was recognized for Achievement in Costume Design and earned the Student Choice Award for Overall Design for her costume designs of Spring Awakening.

Ashley Fenton (BFA Design/Tech) submitted costume designs for Lost & Found

Kayle Jones (BFA Design/Tech) submitted costume designs for Ruined

Aldayr “Peanut” Molina (BFA Design/Tech) submitted stage management concepts and earned the Student Choice Award in Stage Management for Passing and the Heart of the Art Award for Spring Awakening

RodgersChristopher Rodgers (MFA Design) submitted lighting designs for In a Word, Guapa, and A Chorus Line. He earned the Student Choice Award for Guapa and the Excellence in Virtual Production Design for A Chorus Line.

patlanJesus Rodriguez Patlan (MFA Design) submitted scenic designs for The Addams Family.

Several graduate students traveled the country to present their research at nationally recognized conferences.


Rebecca Johnson (Fine Arts Doctoral)  
“Revitalizing Movement Curricula Through Adaptive Temporality and Stylization”

Tamar Neumann (Fine Arts Doctoral) 
“The Importance of Fringing: Why Fringe Festivals are Integral to Theatre's Survival” 
“So You Think You Can Teach Online: Revolutionary Tips for Asynchronous Teaching”

Bailey Patterson (MFA Performance & Pedagogy) 
“An Actress Prepares: How Typecasting for Women in the Theatre Reinforces Cycles of Trauma”

Troy Scarborough (Fine Arts Doctoral) 
“Revival of the Renaissance”
“History of Historically Black College Departments”. 

Bradley Hewlett (MFA Playwriting) presented his ten-minute play, Under Glass, in the virtual pre-conference Fringe Festival for MATC. He also participated in the Plays-in-Progress program with one of his full-length plays, LAN: Local Area Network. 


Troy Scarborough led a workshop entitled “Classical Monologues and Graduate School Prep.”