Carey Theatre Students Win Awards at National Festival

Carey Theatre Students Win Awards at National Festival
William Carey students take home awards. Photo source WCU

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from William Carey University 

Two William Carey University theatre majors received awards at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Albany, Ga.

Winning students competed against other theatre programs from Region 4 KCACTF, which includes universities from nine states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Design awards are given in two separate categories, David Weiss and Barbizon. Weiss awards are given for unrealized production designs, or plays not produced on stage, and Barbizon awards are given for plays produced on stage within the academic year.

Joey Roderick of Blue Ridge, Ga., received a first place award in Barbizon design for his presentation of the sound co-design for the Carey production of "Scenes from Argonautika." He received an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national festival in April, which includes workshops with professional designers and a national competition against the other seven regional winners. Billy Burkes of Meridian is sound co-designer for the production.

Jana Barkley of Picayune placed first in the David Weiss design competition for her set design of "Medea." She also received honorable mentions for her set co-design with Chris Permenter of Oak Grove and her lighting co-design with Billy Burkes for "Scenes from Argonautika." She also received the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILA) Award given to students who exhibit successful potential in theatre arts. The SILA award includes a trip to Las Vegas and a week-long summer intensive theatre workshop.

Carey Theatre's group was also recognized with a standout showing in the Devised Theatre category. Students were given a prompt from the KCACTF in the fall and had to write and develop a show. The 2015 devised theatre show was written and performed by freshmen and sophomore theatre majors Nicoli Hutchison of Carriere, Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg, Sawyer Walters of Oak Grove and Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg.

The students are mentored by Tim Matheny, chair of the theatre and communication department and Dewey Douglas, assistant professor of theatre design and technical director.