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November 20, 2001

THEATRE PRODUCTION HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE

The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance production of Luis Santeiro's "Our Lady of the Tortilla," directed by UNM adjunct faculty Paul Ford, received several awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) held last week in El Paso, TX.

UNM Children's Health Center Charge Nurse Kathy Chavez was honored for excellence in acting and UNM Theatre and Dance Lecturer Richard Hess for excellence in scenic design. UNM students Bernadette Vallejos and Dawn Star Looking Elk were noted for excellence in costuming.

The production in its entirety is being considered for the KCACTF regional competition in Fort Worth, Texas, in February 2002. Three UNM students - Michael Baldonado, Katy Houska and Brian Lucero are set to contend in the regional event's Irene Ryan Acting competition.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide serving as a catalyst to improve college theater in the United States. At state, regional and national festivals, participants celebrate the creative process and share work, experiences and insights.

Festivals honor excellence of overall production and provide student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.

The KCACTF is a year-round program offered in eight geographic regions of the United States.

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