Published January 21, 2016

Traveling theatre

Monmouth group shines at regional Kennedy Center festival in Milwaukee
Monmouth College made its presence felt among 1,200 students at the annual regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Milwaukee, Wis., earlier this month.

Three students – Ellen Johnson of Kewanee, Liz Johnson of Geneso and Nick Sargis of Aurora – reached the finals of their competitions, with Sargis bringing home an honorable mention award in the National Lighting Design Competition. Ellen Johnson was a finalist in the Regional Costume Design Competition, while Liz Johnson reached the National Dramaturgy Competition final.

“As a first time designer, being given the opportunity to hear feedback on my work from professional artists gave me a great opportunity that I am so grateful to have had,” said Ellen Johnson. “Being a KCACTF finalist allowed me to receive even more feedback, all while being surrounded by the amazing work of my peers.”

A total of 15 Monmouth students attended the festival. The group was led by theatre faculty members Doug Rankin and Emily Rollie. Rankin, who serves as co-chair of Design Technology and Management for the five-state region, was responsible for organizing all of the technical theatre events at the festival.

Monmouth students who participated in the National Acting Competition included Amanda Bowman of Monmouth, Adam Duffield of Fairview, Kelsi Ford of Geneseo, Galen Hughes of Genoa, Becca Mills of Mapleton, Toni Ward of Robbins, Johnny Williams of Kewanee and Rowan Williamson of Gays Mills, Wis.

Haylee Gustafson of Geneseo took part in the National Dramaturgy Competition and the Regional Design Storm Competition, Natalie Stortoni of Chicago was part of the Directing Competition and Katie Yelm of Laura participated in the National Journalism Institute.

Region 3 of the festival, which is composed of many competitions and exhibitions in performance and stagecraft, comprises Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. Recognized professionals from around the country choose the winning entries in the national design competitions. Additionally, seven full-length plays and numerous workshops in all areas of theatre are presented during the week.
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