ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2006) -- Three members of the Ohio University School of Theater's MFA Playwriting Program swept the 10-minute play category at the Region III Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Illinois State University, Jan. 10-15.
Graduate student Laura Jacqmin of Shaker Heights, Ohio, won the 10-minute play competition for her play "Lucky." Merri Biechler's "Brace for Impact" and Mark Witteveen's "Champion" finished second and third, respectively, in the same competition. This is Witteveen's second time achieving high marks at KCACTF. Last year, his play "For and Against" won top award for Region III and was performed at the Kennedy Center.
The trio attended the festival where their plays were workshopped and given staged readings. The winning plays were chosen as the top three in a five-state region that includes Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
In March, these plays will compete with the top plays from the seven other regions of the KCACTF. The results of that competition will determine which four plays from across the country will be performed at the Kennedy Center in April.
Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities. It has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.
In January and February of each year, eight regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia and regional-level award programs. The Kennedy Center and the KCACTF national committee selects a panel of three judges for each regional festival. These judges, in consultation with the artistic director, select four to six of the best and most diverse regional festival productions to showcase in the spring at the Kennedy Center, all expenses paid.
Since its inception, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improve their dramatic skills and receive national recognition for excellence. More than 16 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 festival productions nationwide.
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