January 26, 2023
Saginaw Valley State University students took their talents on the road to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), hosted by the University of Michigan-Flint, Jan. 11-15. Continuing a proud tradition of excellence at the festival, four students earned recognition:
Other students who attended were:
The week was filled with workshops, activities, competitions and performances. Many students presented their work prior to and at the festival, including Gilbert, Ryan and Schultz, who were nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship.
Peggy Mead-Finizio, SVSU associate professor of theatre, serves as a co-vice chair for the Design, Technology and Management Program at KCACTF. She and Tommy Wedge, SVSU assistant professor of theatre, accompanied the students to Flint. Wedge presented a hands-on stage combat workshop, “Consent in a Knife Fight,” which proved to be one of the most popular events at the festival.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program that encourages, recognizes and celebrates work produced in university and college theatre programs. KCACTF participants develop their theater skills and professionalism. Annually, 18,000 students attend regional and national festivals as well as summer intensives. KCACTF involving 18,000 students annually from colleges and universities across the country.