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Doane Theatre Finds Success at KCACTF

The Doane theatre department made a name for itself once again at this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

As part of a seven-state region including Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, Doane theatre and other Region V schools became the largest festival in the national history of KCACTF. This year’s festival included 1525 students competing with 236 festival productions.

Doane was once again one of the most successful colleges and universities at the event.

In addition to numerous professional theatre callbacks and job offers from major regional theatre companies, Doane awards are as follows:

5 Meritorious Achievement Awards
The Cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Ensemble Acting
Robin McKercher, Boeing Boeing, Direction A
The Cast of Boeing Boeing, Ensemble Acting
Robin McKercher, August: Osage County, Direction
Brenda Davis, August: Osage County, Set Design

Irene Ryan Acting Competition
The Irene Ryan Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Irene Ryan Foundation awards 16 regional and two national scholarships annually. Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty 'Granny Clampett' in The Beverly Hillbillies.

Andres Kamler (with partner Jill Walmer),Semi-Final Round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition (top 64 out of 324 starting actors)
Angeline Dai (with partner Joey Robertson), Fourth place and is the Second Alternate for the trip to Washington DC.

Design Awards
Kim Williams, August: Osage County, First place in the Barbizon Award in Lighting Design
Katie Leware, First place in Tech Portfolio Review
Donna Himmelberger, Boeing Boeing, Honored slot in 2013 Costume Parade

Directing Awards
Jimmy Reynolds, Selected 10-Minute Play Festival Director
Faculty Mentor Robin McKercher's two festival students win 1st place in playwriting and 1st place in directing

Production Awards
Cast and Crew of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Invited Scene for KCACTF Region V Showcase

Acting Awards
Abby Fletcher cast in the Faculty Directing Showcase
Miranda Mayer cast in the winning play, Disconnect, in the 10-Minute Play Festival