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Gallagher Wins O’Neill Theater Center Award at Kennedy Center Festival

Set of "In Quietness"Joshua Gallagher, senior Theater major, was awarded the O’Neill Design Fellowship at the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. His set design for the IUP production of Anna Moench’s new play In Quietness last fall was exhibited at the regional and national festivals. Josh was selected by the resident artistic staff of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference from among the eight undergraduate and graduate national set design winners of the Regional Festivals.

Three national finalists of the KCACTF Award for Excellence in Costume, Scenic, and Lighting Design will attend the O’Neill Playwrights Conference in July as assistants to the resident design staff. There, Josh will observe and assist the process between the designers, playwrights, directors, and dramaturges from beginning to end. The conference supports playwrights and new works for theater, and over the years has developed more than 600 plays.

Josh began his degree at IUP principally in performance, and he grew to discover his talent and aptitude for design with Theater-by-the-Grove main stage projects, courses, and exciting collaborations with fellow students in Acorn Projects of the studio theater. This fall, Josh will be working as a set design intern for the Kalamazoo Civic Players, designing and painting scenery for four productions in their season.

In 2007, IUP alumnus David Hunter also won the O’Neill Design Fellowship for Sound Design for the design of Philoctetes, directed by guest artist Matko Srsen. Srsen will be returning to IUP this fall to direct The Brothers Karamatzov. Hunter is now a professional sound designer working out of New York City.

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