Kevin Paul, 277-2441
Laurie Mellas-Ramirez, 277-5915
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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