Eastern theatre students honored at Kennedy Center Festival


WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 29, 2015) – Eastern Oklahoma State College theatre students were recently honored for their participation in the Region 6 Arkansas State Festival for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Students earned several awards at the event, which was hosted by the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith Oct. 22-24.

“The students involved with the theatre program represented the high quality work Eastern Oklahoma State College is known for producing at KCACTF,” said Director Marshall Carby. “These talents were showcased in Eastern's production, the workshops they attended and in forums in which the program and our students’ performances were discussed. I’m proud of both our students and faculty.”

Eastern presented Rajiv Josephs’ “Gruesome Playground Injuries” at the festival. The play’s leading actors, Austin Graham of McAlester and Kaylinn Dawson of Haileyville, both received Irene Ryan Acting Award nominations for their performance. The award is named after American actress Irene Ryan, best known for her role in “The Beverly Hillbillies,” who found success in vaudeville, radio, film, television and theatre.

In addition, Kayla Carr of Eufaula was honored for Excellence in Stage Management, while Dawson and understudy Maddie Kraft of Savanna were named as members of the festival’s Honor Crew.

“Gruesome Playground Injuries” follows the lives of two childhood friends, Kayleen and Doug, as they compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together over the course of 30 years. Eastern’s production was originally performed at the college in early October.

The KCACTF is a national organization that celebrates the educational and creative process of university and college theater. It promotes professional standards and provides students and faculty with opportunities to bridge the academic and professional worlds. More than 600 institutions and 18,000 students nationwide are involved in the program.

Eastern students Kaylinn Dawson and Austin Graham received honors for their performances in “Gruesome Playground Injuries” at the Region 6 Arkansas State Festival for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

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