Emerson Students Take Top Honors at KCACTF

At this year’s regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, six of the top awards went to Emerson Performing Arts students. The prominent ceremony, which took place at Fitchburg State University on January 28th, honors achievements in theater by college students in the New England area.

The winning students included Shanna Allison ’13, who walked away with the National KCACTF Fellowship for Excellence in Stage Management (She Loves Me) and Tierra Bonser ‘12, who won the National LMDA/KCACTF award for Excellence in Dramaturgy (The Golden Age). In April, both winners will attend the national KCACTF festival in Washington D.C., joined by Juliana Gregori who won the National KCACTF Award for Excellence in Costume Design (Cloud Nine) and Kirk Miller’11, recipient of the National KCACTF Award for Excellence in Lighting Design (Robin Hood). Also notable are Alyssa Dillon ’12, winner of the award for Allied Design and Technologies (Man of la Mancha) and Eric Skovgaard ’12, who won for Excellence in Sound Design (The Hallway Plays: Parrafin and Nursing).

The 2012 regional KCACTF ceremony was sprinkled with Emersonians. Also on hand were Anne G. Morgan’09 and Natalie Kearns’08, Emerson alumnae who led technical workshops for the festival goers. Emmy-award-winning Jared Bowen ’98, known for his reporting on WGBH-TV’s Greater Boston, served as the festival’s keynote speaker.

By Sarah Diamond

Photo Courtesy of The Kennedy Center

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