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Berks Theatre students receive awards

Several Penn State Berks Theatre students received awards at the 2011 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 2, held at Towson University during the week of January 11-16, 2011.

Andrew Vitalo, a first-year student from Shillington, won the O’Neill Critics Award at the festival. He was also chosen to compete for the opportunity to attend the O’Neill Critics Institute’s summer program.

One student from each region receives the O’Neill Critics Award and is invited to attend O’Neill Critics Institute workshops at the Kennedy Center. Then, at the Kennedy Center, at least one student is selected to attend the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center during its national playwriting conference in the summer. Student critics at both sites have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized theater critics. The students write reviews of productions at the festival, discuss these reviews with the guest critic and other students, and then submit the review that demonstrates their best work as a critic.  

In addition, several of the Penn State Berks Theatre technicians competed in the Tech Olympics at the festival and took home awards for Fastest Costume Change and Fastest Scene Change including Rob Napoli; Technical Theatre Coordinator at Penn State Berks; Ashanti Acosta, first-year student from Easton; Nick Gackenbach, sophomore from Easton; Erin Edelstein, senior theatre major from Lebanon; Stef Thomas, sophomore from Wyomissing; and Danielle Fitzgeorge, junior business major from Richboro.

For more information, contact Cleo House, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Theatre Program Coordinator at 610-396-6419 or via e-mail at czh11@psu.edu.
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