Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awarded Theater major Lydia Gibson the National Playwriting Project (NPP) award for “best performance in a concert reading” at the annual festival in January 2013. Maggie Glass was recognized from the awards stage for exceptional stage management service by Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Fellowship chair Gretchen Wingerter.
Gibson auditioned at the festival for the opportunity to act in the readings of new works by undergraduate and graduate playwrights across the eight-state Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley region. The Region 2 cochairs of the NPP present only one of these awards each year to an actor who provides exceptional talent for getting the playwright’s words from the page into action.
Gibson attended the KCACTF festival as an invited Irene Ryan Acting Competition partner with 26 other IUP students invited for a variety of performance, design/tech/management and directing opportunities. The festival was attended by over 1,400 students and faculty from dozens of universities across the region.
Glass was invited to present her costume work in the Design Exposition. While at the festival, she earned the opportunity to assist the SDC Fellowship program as the stage manager for four days of directing intensives. Glass displayed her costume construction for Titania’s costume in the Acorn Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which drew favorable responses from regional respondents impressed by her ability to drape and realize a designer’s vision on a small budget.
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