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Southern Miss theatre students earn top honors at Kennedy Center

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University of Southern Mississippi theater students Stephanie Abby and Alex Piper recently brought home top honors from the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. University of Southern Mississippi theater students Stephanie Abby and Alex Piper recently brought home top honors from the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

University of Southern Mississippi students Stephanie Abby and Alex Piper have not stopped smiling since bringing home top honors from competition that boasted thousands of contestants from institutions across the nation.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is an educational initiative hosted by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

This year's KCACTF competition hosted 18,000 contestants from every field of theatre.  Contestants are nominated from plays in their own colleges, and then progress to regional competitions, from which a few are selected to compete at the national level. 

Nationally, only sixteen actors are chosen and only eight costume designers are chosen. Of these finalists, Southern Miss placed both an actor and a costume designer. 

Abby, a Master's of Fine Arts - Costume Design candidate of Millington, Tenn., won first place in costume design in the competition, beating out every other competitor in the nation. She won with her costume design for Grapes of Wrath, which was performed in the spring of 2012.  

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