STAGE and Nuthouse students shine at regional theater festival

Many WSU students seated in an auditorium full of peopleNearly two dozen WSU students representing the STAGE student theater group and the Nuthouse student improve group attended the 2018 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for Region VII to compete in several events, including Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions, Technical Olympics and Improv Olympics.

WSU students Aryn Allen, Avery Barnwell, Spencer Knudson, and Sara Wagoner were each nominated by external adjudicators to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.

Jake Sullivan and Ryan Bishop placed first in the Technical Olympics for Stage Management; Sullivan, Zach Weibel, Bishop, Jared Braswell, and Aryn Allen earned second place in the Technical Olympics team competition; Aaron Nygaard placed second in the Technical Olympics individual competition; and the WSU Nuthouse improv comedy team second place in the Improv Olympics.

WSU students have attended the annual festival for many years. STAGE faculty advisors Ben Gonzales and Mary Trotter accompany the students to the festival.

About the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

KCACTF Region VII includes Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern California and northern Nevada and is attended by over one thousand faculty and students each year. The organization serves as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the US. Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF student and faculty participants celebrate the creative process and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing, and design.

Adapted from WSU Insider

Top image: WSU students at the KCACTF regional event.