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Two Students to Represent DePauw at American College Theater Festival

January 2, 2006

Lindsay Bartlett.jpgJanuary 2, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Two DePauw University students have been chosen to represent DePauw Theatre at the Region III American College Theater Festival (ACTF) in Normal, Illinois, January 10-15. Lindsay Bartlett, junior, will compete for the Irene Ryan acting scholarship and Megan Alexander, senior, will attend the festival’s O’Neill Critics Institute.

Lindsay Bartlett (seen at left in top photo) was nominated by an ACTF respondent for her performance in DePauw Theatre’s 2004-2005 season production of Top Girls. She and scene partner Matthew Madigan, sophomore, will perform a scene from Bat Boy: The Musical for the competition. Winners of the regional competition advance to the national American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center (KCACTF) in Washington, D.C., in June, where they will compete with other regions’ winners for recognition, honor, scholarships to pursue further education, and fellowships to attend acting workshops and intensives offered by renowned organizations such as the Society of American Fight Directors, The Sundance Theatre Laboratory, and the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre.

Megan Alexander applied and was chosen to participate in the regional competition’s O’Neill Critics Institute (OCI). Participating students in OCI attend workshops and write daily critiques of the 6-8 festival plays. Critiques are made public and evaluated by members of the Institute. The regional winner will advance the KCACTF’s annual festival where he or she will work with leading professional newspaper and magazine critics from across the United States.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, inaugurated in 1969, is a national theater program annually involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide that has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. Learn more by clicking here.

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