Kennedy Center American College Theatre Conference 2016
More than 60 students represented the University of Idaho Theatre Arts Department at the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Denver, CO, Feb. 15-19 with several students taking home top awards.
- AnaSofia Villanueva earned first place in the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Directing Initiative with a scene from "Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot" by Jose Rivera. Cast members were Shalonia Rosen, Bailie Simpson, Tyler Iams and Maiya Corral.
- Emily Melgard earned first place in Stage Management.
Kadin McGreevy earned the Outstanding Director of a Play and Distinguished Performance and Production Ensemble honor for directing “Vigils,” which featured UI students and an alumnus: Maiya Corral, Kevin O’Connell, Michael Brandt and Micheal Smith. McGreevy participated in last year’s national KCACTF festival, as well, with an all-expenses paid apprenticeship.
Villanueva, Melgard and McGreevy advance to the National KCACTF conference in Washington DC, April 11-16.
Other awards included:
- Keely Wright-Ogren: Meritorious Achievement in Sound Design and Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Scholarship Recipient.
- Christina Holaday: First Alternate SDC Directing Initiative.
- Vinecia Coleman: National Partners of the American Theatre - Outstanding Full Length Play and Regional Semi-finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award.
- Megan Fevurly: Regional Semi-finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award.
Irene Ryan Scholarship Finals:
- Nick Eastman Pratt: first Alternate Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition and Outstanding Performance of Contemporary Material.
- Sarah Marthinsen: Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance.
- David Lenz: The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Performance.
- Maiya Corral: Best Partner Award.
During the week-long event, UI students joined colleges and universities from around our region (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Northern California and Nevada), competing for scholarships and awards in performance and design, and participating in workshops and seminars in new methods and techniques in theatre.
UI presentations included:
- A workshop and performance of “Vigils” by Noah Haidle and directed by Kadin McGreevy. McGreevy, a UI Theatre Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate, and his cast (UI students and an alumnus: Maiya Corral, Kevin O’Connell, Michael Brandt and Micheal Smith) led a discussion on how to make theatre in non-traditional spaces. McGreevy earned top honors in directing at last year’s regional and national KCACTF event.
- A site-specific performance of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. Presented by Vandal Theatre Lab, this featured assistant professor Matt Foss and Master of Fine Arts candidate Matthew Brumlow along with Nancy Lee-Painter and Cora Vander Broek.
- Performance of a scene from the UI production of “Cymbeline.”
Vigils — a play in a hotel conference room
“It is about how we can use the circumstances that generally hinder us from making theatre ourselves. Not having a theatre, lighting equipment, furniture, or costumes is an invitation to tell stories that are more immediate to and honor our here and now. A duct-taped picture frame, a piece of muslin, a chair and color-LED lights I borrowed from my bedroom are all we need to make our story.”
– Kadin McGreevy
- Maiya Corral – Widow
- Kevin O'Connell – Soul
- Micheal Smith – Body
- Michael Brandt – Wooer
- Stage Manager – Lilia Houshmand
- Directed by Kadin McGreevy