• Abigail Hall

OU School of Drama students win awards at national college theatre festival

Originally published at OU Daily March 15, 2019

Three OU School of Drama students received awards at a national college theatre festival Feb. 28.

Kaitlyn Souter, stage management senior, Ciara Smith, costume design junior, and Cliona Smith, scenic design sophomore, attended the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which is a national theater program that awards accolades and scholarships to college theater students. 

The region 6 festival, located in Abilene, Texas, hosted collegiate teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. 

Souter received the National Stage Management Fellowship Award. Ciara Smith received the Doug Getzoff Award and Regional Excellence for Costume Design Award. Cliona Smith received the Regional Excellence for Unrealized Scenic Design and the Regional Excellence for Scenic Design, according to a press release.

Souter was awarded her design, technology and stage management on University Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" last fall. Ciara Smith was awarded for her costume design on University Theatre's "Dogfight," and Cliona Smith was awarded for her design on "Men on Boats" and "HIR," according to the release.

Souter's award allows her to attend the national festival in Washington D.C. with all regional stage management award winners April 15-20. 

Souter said design students from across the country sign up to attend the festival and provide their resume and letter of intent. At the festival, theater and design professionals speak with the applicants to discuss their work and evaluate winners by the end of the festival.

This was Souter's third year to attend the festival, she said. 

"It's always an incredible experience, (and) it's a really cool opportunity to meet students," Souter said. "(And to) meet theater professionals."

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