Lycoming College students earn awards at theater festival

Lycoming College theater majors recently attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January.

Thirteen students took home more than a dozen individual and group awards.

“Our students are able to be successful in a competitive environment because of the attention and care they give to their craft every day,” said Jay Innerarity, chair of Lycoming’s Theatre Department who attended the event along with Dr. Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, assistant theater professor, and Elizabeth Wislar, the college’s resident costume designer and shop manager.

A Lycoming team of five students, Paul Sweet, Chris Hoffman, Thomas Van Patten, Nigel Barnes and Katie Stankovich earned top honors in the festival’s Tech Olympics, which evaluates student prowess with rigging, quick changes (costumes), stage settings and other backstage activities. Lycoming will host the trophy until next year when they will host, coordinate and oversee the festival’s Tech Olympics event.

Junior Victoria Ashmore received the Allied Design and Technology Award for her work in costume construction for Lycoming’s fall production of Cabaret. She will represent the college and Region II at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology international conference. At the annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in March, she will display her work along with select professional designers and technicians.

Senior Paul Sweet earned a tuition and housing scholarship to the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, where he will spend a week in training. He presented his scenic design for Lycoming College’s spring 2015 production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” directed by Nigel Barnes.

Other awards earned by Lycoming students included:

Scenic Design Honorable Mention: Paul Sweet “For Colored Girls “

Costume Design Honorable Mention: Kati Stankovich “For Colored Girls “

Several individual Tech Olympic awards were earned by Thomas Van Patton, Nigel Barnes, Chris Hoffman, Paul Sweet and Kati Stankovich.

About 1,300 students from colleges and universities from nine states attended the event held in West Chester – the preliminary event where the top productions are selected for representation at the national festival in Washington, D.C.

At the festival, the Lycoming students converged for workshops, productions, education and the opportunity to represent the college at the national event in April. Students can be selected to represent their work in multiple categories, including costumes, set design, lighting, sound, acting, directing, playwriting and technical production.

Other students who participated include: Hershey Millner, Jonathan Irby, Zane Jones, Michael Sampsell ’17, Briana Rumsey, Asha Bryant and Nathan Kaczmarik.