U-Idaho Students Nominated for Playwriting Awards

Wednesday, February 1 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho -- A mix of 10 University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts students and alumni have been nominated by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for achievements in playwriting and directing.

Nominees will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the regional festival Feb. 13-17. Winners from the regional festival may go on to the national festival in Washington, D.C., in April.

Nominees include:

Adoration of Dora by Master of Fine Arts student Lojo Simon for the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award. The award memorializes Cohen, former professor of playwriting at the University of Texas-Austin.

Life is Super by alumnae Mattie Rydalch for a National Playwriting Program One Act Play. Rydalch’s Why’s That Flag Here was also nominated along with Coffee Talk by M.F.A. student Quinn Hatch and Scale by alumnus John Remington as National Playwriting Program Ten Minute Plays. The National Playwriting Program, initiated in 1974, is part of the Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program. The program is named after distinguished playwright and screenwriter Kanin, who established the program to encourage student playwriting.

Junior Sarah Pappin received a KCACTF Certificate of Merit in playwriting.

Alumnus Jett Bingman and senior English major Matt Maw received KCACTF Certificates of Merit in directing.
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