Theatre Students Nominated for Scholarship Competition

By Adrienne

Please join the University of Dayton Theatre Program as we congratulate our latest nominees for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship:

Alex Chilton, “Jerry” in Zoo Story by Edward Albee (Directed by Tony Dallas)

Jenna Gomes, “Grandma” in The American Dream by Edward Albee (Directed by Tony Dallas)

These two actors have been selected to represent the University of Dayton Theatre Program in the prestigious Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition at the KCACTF (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival) Regional Conference next January. Way to go!

Representatives from the University of Dayton Theatre Program attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival XLV- Region III Festival 2013 on January 8-12, hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. Students attending were Kyle Himsworth, Jessica Urban, Christina Pierce, Mary Mykytka, Alex Chilton, Ellie Hurney, Michael Moran, Michael Bodde, James Fagan, Pat Larkin. Faculty attending were Matthew Evans (Technical Director)  and Donna Beran (Costumer).

Alex Chilton was nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions for outstanding student performers, as a result of his performance as Leontes in UD Theatre’s fall mainstage production of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. He and his acting partner, Mary Mykytka, performed a scene from Hamlet for the audition. (UD student Beverly Dines was also nominated for her role as Paulina in The Winter’s Tale but was unable to attend the festival auditions.) While at the festival, Alex Chilton auditioned and was cast in the One-Act Play Festival Reading of Umbrella Story by Conor McShane. This event was part of Region III’s National Playwrighting Program which sends  playwrights and plays to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for the KCACTF National Festival.  While at the festival, Mary Mykytka also auditioned for the Open Jar Institute, an Actor Training Institute in New York City.

Kyle Himsworth entered his sound design from The Winter’s Tale in the festival’s Design, Technology & Management Regional Design Projects - Design Expo. While at festival he also competed in Design Storm. Design Storm is a timed collaborative event that teams a director with a dramaturg, and designers (lighting, sound, costume, scenery,  and make-up) from different schools to create an approach to a classic or contemporary text that is unlike all previous productions.  Kyle’s team was awarded 1st Place in Design Storm for their design of Spring Awakening, a musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Kyle was the sound designer for his team.

Jessica Urban, who was Stage Manager for UD’s The Winter’s Tale, entered her stage management notebook in the festival’s Design, Technology & Management Regional Design Projects- Design Expo.
UD Theatre Student Technical Assistants Pat Larkin, James Durbin, Michael Moran, Michael Bodde, James Fagan, and Christina Pierce also competed in Tech Olympics, a timed event for teams of two people who compete in lights, sound, knots, wardrobe, scenery/carpentry events. They received 12th Place overall. These students also attended a Flying Effects workshop given by Hall Associates Flying Effects, the internationally known flying effects company for the entertainment industry.

Matt Evans and Donna Beran attended training workshops to qualify as play respondents and have been assigned by Region III to respond to an upcoming production of Abundance by Beth Henley at Bowling Green State University later this month. 

In addition to attending various workshops, the group attended the premiere of 3 new plays at the festival, Ghost Bike by Laura Jacqmin, In the Soundless Awe by Jayme McGhan and Andy Pederson, and Three Generations of Imbeciles by William Baer. Learn more about KCACTF »

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