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Theatre Students Won Seven Awards at Regional Conference


Students and recent graduates from the Hamline theatre department had a strong showing at the 2020 Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January, receiving seven honors for productions in the Anne Simely Theatre over the last year.

According to Theatre Department Chair Bill Wallace, Hamline students usually do well but the number of winners this year was a surprise.

The Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is the annual professional conference for theatre students in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.

Every show Hamline mounts is registered with KCACTF. Delegates attend the shows and provide students with feedback on all aspects of the production.

The delegate decides whether to nominate students for awards or not and they don’t always do so.

“The number of nominations and awards speaks to the quality of the work that these students and recent alumni are capable of,” said Wallace.

Recent Hamline graduates won for productions last spring. Noelle Awada ‘19 was honored for Stage Management and Rane Oganowski ‘19 got a nod for Costume Design for “Petroleum”, which was presented in March 2019.

Alumni who worked on the April 2019 production, “Love and Information”, also received recognition. Hannah Coleman ‘19 was honored for her Scenic Design and Leah Hunter ‘19 for her Music Composition.

Current Hamline senior Jackson Cobb received awards for Projection Design in two productions: “Love and Information” and “Iphigenia and Other Daughters”.

Cobb has been active in the theatre department and in the Minnesota theater community. In addition to projects at Hamline, he has worked on productions for Guthrie Theater, Theater Mu, Mixed Blood Theatre, History Theatre, New Dawn Theatre Company, and Minnesota Public Radio.

Another senior, Helen Maclay, won for her Costume Design for “Iphigenia and Other Daughters.” 

Maclay, who had thought she would study engineering, discovered that the use of materials and problem solving required in theater production fulfilled her creative side and she decided to pursue it as a major.

For “Iphigenia and Other Daughters” she focused on creating costumes that were environmentally sustainable.

“I rented what I could,” said Maclay. “I made the costumes from pillow-cases donated to the department that I then dyed using natural dyes.”

Hamline’s award-winning theatre department will open its current production, “We’re All Gonna Be Okay” on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 pm in the Anne Simely Theatre. The play confronts the fear and hysteria around the events of 1962 while exploring the false security and conformity of the era. The show will run March 7, 12, 13, & 14 at 7:30 p.m. Email tickets@Hamline.edu for tickets. Prices range from $2 for students to $8 for community members.

Written by staff.


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