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NEW: 7 RIC Students Earn Honors at Kennedy Center Theater Festival

Monday, February 04, 2013


Costumes by Jessie Darrell Jarbadan from Rhode Island College's production of The Miracle Worker were honored at this weekend's Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Hyannis, MA. Photo: Rhode Island College.

Rhode Island College students acted, sang, danced, and designed their way to scholarships and other high honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Hyannis, MA, this weekend.

RIC student Sarah Pothier received the “Richard Maltby Jr. Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Award” -- and a full scholarship to the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, Fla. Pothier was presented her award personally by Maltby, a Tony Award-winning lyricist and director whose works include “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Miss Saigon,” “Baby” and “Big,” among others. This was the second time in as many years that a Rhode Island College student has won that award at the festival.

Another RIC student, Stephanie Harrop, received the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Award for Excellence in Design Technology. She will be working with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.

Pothier and Harrop were among 7 Rhode Island College students earning honors during the 6-day festival, which showcased top college performances from throughout New England and New York. Two RIC performances also received awards.

RIC's 40 dramatic competitors 

More than 40 students from Rhode Island College were invited to compete for individual honors and awards based on their outstanding performances in RIC productions Breaking the Code, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Miracle Worker, Sylvia, Eurydice and A-Mirror-Ca: A Reflection of America’s Media-Driven Society. Several RIC performances also were featured.

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo said she was pleased so many RIC students and productions were honored, especially given the intensity of competition from so many other outstanding programs throughout the region. She said it was a testament to the dedication of RIC’s students, faculty and staff.

“Rhode Island College has for many years educated performers who have gone on to be highly successful singers, actors, and dancers,” Carriuolo said. “The success of our students, faculty and professional staff this year at the regional American College Theatre Festival, though, is truly phenomenal. RIC was judged outstanding in the full range of categories.”

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide that has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the United States.

It has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.

James Taylor, chairman of the RIC Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, said it was an honor to have so many actors invited by KCACTF to compete. “It’s a testament to the current outstanding talent we have at RIC. It speaks to their dedication and effort to our program and their pursuit of excellence.”

Other RIC honors:

Marissa Silva received an honorable mention, placing third in excellence in musical theatre.

Alan Pickart and the technical crew and cast of RIC’s production of “A-Mirror-Ca” won the Kennedy Center Golden Hammer Award for Outstanding skill and knowledge of backstage practices

“The Drowsy Chaperone,” another RIC performance, won awards for outstanding musical ensemble and outstanding execution of design.

“A-Mirror-Ca” was cited for excellence in writing, ensemble and execution.

Jessie Darrell Jarbadan was cited for outstanding costume design for her work in RIC’s production of “The Miracle Worker.”

“A-Mirror-Ca,” which was performed at the festival, is up for the Kennedy Center National Awards to be announced after the eight regional festivals have taken place.

In addition, Brendan Macera and Nicole Calkins were finalists in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition.


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