WSU students, faculty earn Kennedy Center theater awards

Ben Gonzales

PULLMAN, Wash. – Members of the Washington State University student theater organization STAGE and faculty advisor Benjamin Gonzales were recognized by adjudicators from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for outstanding work this fall.

“STAGE One,” a one-act play festival, was presented in October with performances of original scripts written by WSU students Joseph Olsen, James Campbell and Trevor Williams. Actors Kevin Herriman and Ray Williams were nominated for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships for their performances in Campbell’s play, “Whatever Was in God’s Diary,” and Theo Mynka was nominated for her role in Williams’ play, “Tuning In.”

Certificates of merit were awarded to WSU students and STAGE members Campbell,  playwriting; Caitlin Carbonell, stage management; Adam Donald, direction; Hailey Gumm, acting; and Erin Salle, assistant stage management. Gonzales, an assistant clinical professor, received a certificate of merit from the Kennedy Center for “Support of New Works.”

KCACTF is a national theater program and network of more than 600 academic institutions that encourages colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students, reconceived classics and other experimental works.

The Irene Ryan Foundation awards 16 regional and two national scholarships annually. WSU is a member of KCACTF Region 7. The 2016 regional festival will be Feb. 15-19 in Denver.

For more information on STAGE and WSU Performing Arts, visit


Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts, 509-335-8522,



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