Ashland University students win theater awards at festival


Individuals who wish to launch careers in entertainment may have excellent employment prospects in the coming decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This industry provides jobs in a variety of fields, such as sound, lighting, writing, directing and producing.

Film degree seekers may want to consider attending Ashland University, as Steve Bornhoeft, a theatrical design major, received the Region 2 National Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence in lighting at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). His design for the school's production of Marisol earned him the honor. His fellow students, Brittany Hartman and Johanna Regan, were also nominated for their work in the play.

At the event, students were judged on quality, effectiveness, originality and rendering techniques in scenery, costumes and lighting. Several Ashland University theater students were in attendance as nominees for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships.

Additionally, theater major and creative writing minor Natasha Cline submitted her play Stop Crying Your Heart Out to the National Playwriting Program.

The KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide.

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