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King University Theatre Students and faculty receive awards from Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

April 29, 2018

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King University’s Theatre Department received four awards for the fall 2017, production of “Antigone” at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Americus, Georgia, in February.

Award winners for King’s production of “Antigone” include Kiara Pipino, assistant professor of theatre, for Best Direction of a Play; Christopher Slaughter, chair and associate professor for theatre, for Best Scenic Design for a play; Heather Eisenhart, adjunct professor for theatre, for Best Lighting Design for a play; and King alumna and actor Natasha Trombly ’17 of Jonesborough, Tennessee, for Best Costume Design for a play. Also nominated were Emily Bartley ’19 of Abingdon, Virginia, for Best Stage Management. Also, two Theatre students, Austin Puckett ‘18 of Abingdon, Virginia, and Alex Campbell ‘18 of Hillsville, Virginia, received Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations for “Antigone.”

“It is a great honor to participate, as a school, in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival because it allows our students to see what is happening in the region. We participate every year. The Kennedy Center has eight regional sub-festivals, which lead to the national event,” said Kiara Pipino, assistant professor of theatre at King. “We have a wonderful and nourishing environment here at King, but it is important our students be able to experience conferences such as the Kennedy Center’s Festival.”

The regional KCACTF festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a wide range of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level scholarship and award programs. King University Theatre participates in region four of the KCACTF, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Southern Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.