Students in the Kansas University theater and film department recently were honored during student ceremonies.
Film students were recognized during the second annual Tensie Awards ceremony at Liberty Hall. The following evening, theater students were honored during the annual Stage Supper at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre stage.
Beth Collins, Sanderstead, England, received the Kilty Kane, the University Theatre's highest honor. Collins, who is completing her master of fine arts degree in scenography, is the person leaving the theater program who has contributed most to the program.
Three KU alumni were honored during the theater ceremonies:
- Christina Chang, a 1994 graduate, received the Alumni Honor Citation. An actress based in New York City, Chang has appeared most recently in television episodes of "The West Wing," "L.A. Dragnet," "24" and "Hack." Her film credits include "28 Days," "Dinner and a Movie," "Random Hearts" and "Brother Tied."
- Jay Karnes, who attended KU in the mid-1980s, also received the Alumni Honor Citation. Since 2002, Karnes has been portraying Detective Dutch Wagenbach on the FX-TV series "The Shield." He also has appeared on such television series as "Frasier," "Judging Amy," "Nash Bridges," "The Strip" and "Star Trek: Voyager."
- Mike Robe, who received a bachelor's degree in 1966 and a master's degree in 1968, received the theater and film department's Award of Merit. Now living in Studio City, Calif., Robe is writer, director and producer for television and film. His latest project, "Reversible Errors," based on a Scott Turow novel, airs today and May 25 on CBS.
Dozens of returning and graduating theater and film students received awards and scholarships as well.