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OU Drama Students Win Top National Honors

April 30, 2012

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Four University of Oklahoma students in the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama won top national honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Washington, D.C., April 18 through 21.  The competition celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in college and university drama programs across the country.

“The entire University family is extremely proud of the top honors taken by our drama students in the National Competition at the Kennedy Center,” said OU President David L. Boren.

Senior Kevin Percival became the second OU drama student to win the top acting award – the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship – in the past three years. His winning acting partner in the competition was OU junior Laurel Sein. OU senior Brad Gray won the top honor for lighting and OU senior Hana Goff won the top honor in scenic design for showcasing their work that was displayed in the University Theatre production of Dracula, directed by Tom Huston Orr. Goff’s award carries with it the Eugene O’Neill Center Fellowship in Scenic Design, an internship with the acclaimed Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival.

“The Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama continues to be one of the leading institutions of training in the theatrical arts,” said school director Tom Huston Orr.  “This has been a banner year in the life of the School of Drama.  We hosted the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI competition, announced the generous endowment to and naming of our school as the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama, and now cap the year with the outstanding success at the Kennedy Center.  Thanks to the continued support of President Boren and Regent Max Weitzenhoffer, the guidance of Dean Taylor, and the excellence of our faculty and student body, it is indeed a golden era in the life of the School of Drama,” stated Orr.

The students who advance to the Kennedy Center competition not only compete for scholarships and internships opportunities but also participate in workshops taught by master teachers and professional artists working in the theatre.  KCACTF’s mission is to nurture and mentor young talent and prepare them for success in the theatre.

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