Gannon University’s Schuster Theater Student Production Team Wins Award
Posted: January 8, 2016
The Gannon University student production team of "Stage Fright:
Play Fest of Fear" has been selected for a Kennedy Center/American
College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Certificate of Merit. The show,
which comprises five short plays, was a production of Gannon
University's honorary theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega.
"Stage Fright: Play Fest of Fear" will now advance to the Region
II KCACTF for a production at West Chester University January
12-17, where three of the plays will be featured in the Festival
The plays are "Remaining," directed by Megan Hamm; "The
Statistic," directed by Jenna Sulecki" and "True Love," directed by
Zak Westfall. Each play was written by junior theatre major Michael
Haas, and is about 10 minutes long.
Thirteen students will be traveling to the festival with Alaina
Manchester, visiting professor of acting and Jacki Vadney, Schuster
Theatre technical director/design professor.
The production was the latest in the annual "Stage Fright:
Haunted Theatre" series of plays mounted at the Schuster Theatre in
October. The collection was, in the words of its student production
team, "a celebration of all things ghoulish and ghostly with
student written/directed plays with macabre and frightening themes
Speaking for his fellow District 2 jurors, John Gresh, KCACTF
vice chair: Co-National Playwriting Program, stated, "This program
was student-produced, directed, designed and acted. We thought that
was admirable and a great learning experience."
Additionally, performers Chase Miles, a junior
theatre/communication arts major, and Kendra Walker, a first-year
business administration major, were nominated for excellence in
performance and invited to participate in the Irene Ryan Regional
Acting Competition at the festival. Zach Hyman, a sophomore
theatre/communication arts major, was named as an alternate.
Started in 1969, the Kennedy Center American College Theater is
a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges
and universities nationwide. The festival has served as a catalyst
in improving the quality of college theater in the United States
and has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions
throughout the country, where theater departments and student
artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by