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Hannah Avery in Proof
December 19, 2019

Student Receives Top Score at Theatre Conference

Amidst almost 300 auditionees, Berry College theatre student Hannah Avery received the highest score at the recent Southeastern Theatre Conference Professional State Audition Screenings.

Avery, of Suwannee, Ga., said she is thankful to receive recognition for all the work she has put into her craft.

“While acting is competitive, I don’t think it has a place in competition- because all art is completely subjective,” she said. “However, when you pursue education in any art form, you develop techniques to get stuff out of your head and replicate it as best as possible onto your canvas, whatever that may be. And if anything, this is an affirmation that my technique is working.”

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre Anna Filippo describes the auditions as extremely competitive. Students prepared a package of either 60 seconds (monologue from a play) or 90 seconds: a monologue and a song cut (song generally from a musical). 

Students Katie Cooley, of Dallas, Ga., Kenny Morgan, of Covington, Ga., and Hannah Runner, of Alexandria, Va., also auditioned and scored in the top 34%. Avery, Cooley,  Morgan and Runner have qualified for the Southeastern Theatre Conference in February where they will audition in front of dozens of professional theatre companies from across the U.S.

For more information on Berry’s theatre program please visit

Written by Public Relations Student Supervisor Megan Benoit

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