Many Kansas University students took home awards from this year's Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional competitions. The event took place in late January at Denver University.
- Playwright Kristen Wirsig took first place in the Ten-Minute Play competition for her short play, "The Story of Izanagi and Izanami," which she wrote during a beginning playwriting class taught by KU English professor Paul Lim. The win earns her an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where her play will compete against seven other regional winners during national finals, April 12-18. Wirsig also will attend a master playwriting class with professional playwrights from New York. The winner for the national competition will receive a cash prize of $1,000, and his or her play will be published in Dramatic Publishing, Inc.
- Sara Armstrong, Cushing, Okla., graduate student, received the Kennedy Center Award for directing and was named best director for Ten-Minute Plays. She will also travel to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to direct one of the 10-minute plays selected for the national competition. While she is there, Armstrong will take a directing class.
- Beth Collins, Sanderstead, England, graduate student, won a second place Barbizon Award for her "Cabaret" costumes. She also received a certificate of merit for scenery and costume design.
- Aaron Dyszelski, Milwaukee, Wis., graduate student, won second place for makeup. He also earned honorable mention in the Barbizon competition for "Lulu" costumes.
- Robbie Jones, Lawrence graduate student, won second place for costume and scene design.
- Brent Lind, Overland Park senior, won an honorable mention in the Barbizon Undergraduate Competition for his lighting design for "Cabaret."
- Matt Simon, Overland Park senior, won the Musical Theatre Award in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.
- Jennifer Stimple, Lawrence, junior, won second place in the regional undergraduate competition for scene design.
- A certificate of merit was awarded to the technical staff of "Cabaret" for consistency of design execution.