Faculty and Students Honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
The Berry College Theatre Company students and faculty have been honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival adjudicator for their contributions to the recent production of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.”
Director John Countryman and Costume Designer Alice Bristow, both Berry associate professors of theatre, received “Meritorious Achievement” awards for their work on the production. And several Berry students were nominated to compete at the next American College Theatre Festival. Junior Ashley West was nominated for excellence as the stage manager, sophomore Charley Bates was nominated for excellence in make-up design and freshman Diana Lynch was nominated for excellence in sound design. Freshman Devon Hales and junior Darren Barnett were both nominated to compete for the esteemed Irene Ryan Acting Award.
Hales and Barnett were called “astounding…for their honesty, yearning, searching qualities,” by a respondent at the festival. He also remarked on the costume designs made by Bristow saying they were well constructed and styled for the actors.
Countryman was praised by the adjudicator for the event.
“Countryman managed to winnow away anything that might have been extraneous or affected in the actor’s performances and help them deliver performances of startling purity,” he said.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.
Written by Student Public Relations Assistant McKenzie Reeves
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