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ODU Theatre Students, Faculty Earn National Recognition

Eight students and four faculty members from Old Dominion University have received national attention for their work on two recent theatre program productions.

The recognition came from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), a national theater program that involves more than 600 colleges and universities. The organization recognized the ODU students and faculty for work on two shows during the fall 2013 season, "reasons to be pretty" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."

Four of the ODU students received award nominations for acting while the other students received nominations for their production contributions. The two faculty members, Katherine Hammond and Jennifer Baker, received Meritorious Achievement Awards.

The nominations (listed below) will make the students eligible for a regional competition for scholarships in February.

KCACTF sends representatives to assess shows at participating colleges and nominate students who have shown exceptional, professional work. The organization also acknowledges excellence in the work of faculty.

The KCACTF recognitions included:

2013 Student Irene Ryan Nominations for Acting

Lucia Bonino in "reasons to be pretty"

Glenn Bond in "reasons to be pretty"

India Tyree in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Shermese Epps in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

2013 Student Design/Technology Nominations

Samantha Alonso for Stage Management of "reasons to be pretty"

Amanda LaBonte for Sound Design of "reasons to be pretty"

Jaren Hawkins for Audio Engineering for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Kelsey Moran for Stage Management of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

2013 Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Directing

Katherine Hammond, director of the Theatre Program, for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

2013 Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Design

Jennifer Baker, adjunct assistant professor and Costume Shop manager, for Costume Design for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."

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