Sinclair Theatre presents original plays at Kennedy Center Theatre Festival

DAYTON, OH (12/13/10) – Three original plays from Sinclair Theatre’s recent Student Showcase were selected to be performed at the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held at Michigan State University in Lansing, MI on Jan. 4-8, 2010.

The Student Showcase was presented in Blair Hall Theatre on Dec. 2-3, 2010, and consisted of a series of plays written, directed, designed and performed by Sinclair students. The three plays invited to the festival are Waiting by John Ray, Betwixt Two Trees and NEXT by Derek Dunavent.

"We are extremely proud of our students," Stephen Skiles, chair of Sinclair Theatre, said. "We had more than 30 students take part in this opportunity to create new work and it was a valuable experience for each of them. Getting to perform at the festival and interact with 2000 theatre professionals and students is an incredible extension to the process," Skiles said.

Sinclair students from all disciplines were encouraged to submit a play for the showcase. A panel of faculty and staff read and discussed all the plays and four were chosen for production on the Blair Hall stage. Student directors were given a small budget, a student stage manager and student designers for costumes, sets and lighting . They held auditions and chose their own casts. Theatre faculty and staff were available for advising, but otherwise students were given free creative license and use of the facilities in Blair Hall.

In addition to performing the student-written works at the festival, Sinclair Theatre will sponsor four students as Irene Ryan acting award candidates and four design students who will make presentations in costuming, sound and lighting. Students will also attend multiple workshops on a variety of theatrical topics, ranging from acting methods and improvisation, to script analysis and design.

"This is the third time we’ve been invited to bring a show to the festival," Skiles said. "We also have a long list of finalists in student competitions and two Gold Medallion winn ers. Sinclair’s participation in KCACTF is part of our continued commitment to our students to stretch the boundaries of our program outside of our campus. By attending KCACTF, our students are exposed to other educational theatre programs and methodologies, and afforded the opportunity to network with peers from other institutions," Skiles said.

Megan Laughter
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