Lewis University’s Theatre Department participates annually in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The KCACTF experience offers student artists the opportunity to showcase their work and receive outside assessment for each production by theatre faculty from other universities. KCACTF festivals showcase selected university productions andoffer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.
The Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) was honored to send 5 students to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. Competing for theIrene Ryan Acting Scholarship were Matt Carlson of Lockport (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), Bryan Lochner of Essex (“44 Plays for 44 Presidents”), Greg Rossbach of Crete (“The Quick-Change Room”), Adam Smetana of Racine, WI (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), and Victoria Vega of Burbank (“Almost, Maine” and “The Quick-Change Room”).
Other students in attendance were Melissa Chicola and Stephanie Daley of Lockport, Matt Dutton of Chicago, Stephanie Lipinski of Oak Forest, Jessie Richey of McHenry, Sabra Thomas of Bolingbrook, and Mike Wall of Waconda. Director of Theatre, Keith White and Philip Lynch Theatre Manager, Jo Slowik both of Joliet also attended the festival.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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