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Ole Miss Theatre's production, The Laramie Project, to be showcased at the Region Four festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Nathan Burke

Members of Ole Miss Theatre will be a part of the 900 students and faculty from colleges and universities from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and southern Virginia when Hollins University and the Mill Mountain Theater hosts the Region Four festival of the 46th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) on Feb. 4-8. This is the fifth of eight consecutive, weekly celebrations of excellence and achievement in theater in higher education.

Individual participants and full-scale productions are eligible for awards in a number of disciplines recognizing excellence in the art and craft of theater. Individual awardees and representatives from selected productions will be brought to Washington, D.C. for an expense-paid trip to the national festival April 14-19 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A comprehensive listing of awardees will be announced in mid-March.

Ole Miss Theatre will showcase The Laramie Project, which kicked off the group’s “Beyond Boundaries” productions last fall, by Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theatre at the festival.

Other productions invited to be showcased at the Region Four festival are presented by Appalachian State University, Asbury University, Auburn University, Montgomery, Clayton State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Hollins University, Morehead State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Savannah College of Art and Design and Troy University. The 10 invited productions were selected from 42 eligible productions from the region. Two of the 12 overall invited productions at this year’s Region Four festival earned a production slot due to being recognized at the Short Play Awards at last year’s Region Four festival.

Now in its 46th year, the KCACTF national festival will bring together awardrecipients from regional festivals around the country to the Kennedy Center April 14-19. The national festival includes master classes with leading artists from the American theater, an opportunity for the student participants to engage with colleagues from across the nation, attendance at productions at leading Washington D.C. theaters, interviews and auditions for scholarship and residency opportunities, and the national award ceremony recognizing: — Outstanding production of a play, a musical, a classic, a new play — Outstanding devised work — Outstanding scenic, costume, lighting and sound design — Outstanding choreography — Outstanding direction of a play, or a musical — Outstanding performances by an actress and actor.

The Department of Theatre Arts appreciates the generosity of the following campus organizations whose support has made this trip possible:

College of LIberal Arts
Office of the Chancellor
Office of the Provost
Division of Student Affairs
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
Office of the Dean of Students
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Office of Institutional Research & Assessment
Office of the Registrar
Ole Miss Athletics
The Black Student Union