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Georgia Southern students, faculty participate in Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional competition

Faculty and students from Georgia Southern University’s Theatre Department on the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses were recently invited to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region 4 competition, held in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The KCACTF, a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually, strives to promote the work of theater faculty and students throughout the country. KCACTF Region 4 consists of colleges and universities from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and southern Virginia. Only 125 students and faculty from across the elected regions earn nominations to participate in the festival.

“The festival participation of nominated students and peer responses to faculty scholarship inspire continued rigor and relevance in the theatre program,” said Pamela Sears, theatre professor. “These nominations represent a theatre industry standard of excellence and an academic point of pride for the university.”

Students and faculty were nominated based on their adjudicated performances in a university show in 2019. Generally, respondents are theater professionals from the region who attend a show as a peer reviewer and offer feedback to the cast and crew after the performance.

Below are the categories and nominees from Georgia Southern:

  • ASPIRE, a program designated to develop future arts and theater managers from underrepresented populations such as women and people of color: Bryce Hargrove
  • Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships: Cat Wyatt, Delany Chesnick, Paige Oney, Charles Boykin, Myron Simmons, Jr., Elizabeth McCooey, Armistead Thackston, Joey Hukin,  Julien Mendes, Annika Simpson, Julien Mendes, Triston Brooks, Jordan Soto, Annie McLarin and Heather Byler
  • Stage Management: Francesca Foster, Gabrielle Scott, Kelsi Simpson, and Zoe Morrow; Gabrielle Scott received honorable mention
  • Sound design: Christopher Wilson and Justyn Ferguson
  • Scenic Design: Ryan Beverly
  • Lighting Design: Spencer Collins and Dallas Boyd
  • Costume Design: Samantha Farrington
  • Dramaturgy: Grace Henley
  • Student Choreography: Jordan Steve
  • Faculty Scenic Design: John E. Wright
  • Faculty Director: Nicholas Newell and Pamela Sears
  • Faculty Lighting Design: John E. Wright
  • Faculty Costume Design: Sarah McCarroll, Ph.D.

The goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs; provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight; and achieve professionalism; improve the quality of college and university theater in America; and encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students; the classics, revitalized or newly conceived; and experimental works.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu


Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art hosts first online exhibition ‘Form and Content’

Julie Brown received first place in the “Form and Content” juried art foundations exhibition for her piece “Strong.”

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) is hosting its annual juried student exhibitions this spring, but for the first time they will appear online. The first of three exhibitions, “Form and Content,” features student work from art foundations classes that include Drawing I, Drawing II, 2D Art and Design Foundations, 3D Art and Design Foundations and Digital Foundations. The exhibition is available to view online through April 12. Typically hosted in the University Gallery on the Statesboro Campus, the COVID-19 pandemic changed exhibition plans.

“While this spring’s exhibitions have posed a series of logistical challenges, I am excited to be able to host the exhibition online,” said Jason Hoelscher, gallery director. “This year we had a great selection of work across multiple disciplines and media. The fact that our students are already doing work at this level so early in their studies is impressive and I can’t wait to see what they will be doing as they progress.” 

This exhibition was juried by Sheila Stewart-Leach, art consultant, curator and former head curator at the Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro.

The exhibit features works from 40 students including Julie Brown who was awarded first place for her piece, “Strong.” Brown is a sophomore and her work is made entirely of staples. Timothy Grant received second place for “Super Famicom Cartridge” and Peyton Bailey was awarded third place for “The Story of Me.”

For more information on the art exhibition and to view it online visit georgiasouthern.edu/digitalgallery.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu


Armstrong Campus alumna lends helping hand to create masks for health care workers

Masks created by Armstrong Campus alumna Megan Williams

With a passion for creating, Armstrong Campus alumna Megan Williams is making masks for local health care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After Williams received her Bachelor of Arts in music performance in 2017, she pursued and accomplished her goal of becoming the commander and conductor of the 440th Army National Guard Band of North Carolina. That position is part-time, so she opened a sewing studio and began to study fashion design and alterations.

Armstrong Campus alumna Megan Williams
Armstrong Campus alumna Megan Williams.

Her business, Creations by Megan Williams, started as a passion project, in which she completed outfits and costumes for friends and family. It wasn’t long before customers started to reach out to her for custom work through referrals and she became steadily employed. 

“I honestly didn’t expect my hobby to turn into a business, but I am so glad it did,” said Williams.

In the midst of the coronavirus, she wanted to lend a helping hand. Williams began to make masks for local health care facilities over the past month.

“I believe that I have a skill that is needed in today’s society,” said Williams. “I am a member of numerous volunteer groups within the community and often offer my services as a seamstress. When there is a need for a crafted item, I believe it is my civic duty to volunteer my time and energy to assist.”

The masks are being donated to local hospitals that are facing shortages. Neighbors have also requested her masks for their daily use and peace of mind. Williams encourages everyone to get involved in the community, adding, “If sewing isn’t your forte, I guarantee you will be able to find a group (volunteer) that suits you. All you have to do is reach out.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


The Masquers bring razor-sharp drama ‘Clybourne Park’ to Armstrong Campus

"Clybourne Park" play

The student theater group, the Masquers, present their main stage show of the year, “Clybourne Park,” at Jenkins Hall Theatre on the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University.  The play will run March 5 through 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. General admission tickets to the show cost $15. Seniors, children and military members can take advantage of a discount. Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their Eagle ID.

The drama, centered around the politics of race, begins in 1959. It tells the story of a couple moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they sold the house they were leaving to the neighborhood’s first black family. Fifty years later a young white couple buys the home in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground.

“As a play it was written to make people uncomfortable, perhaps even angry about these very issues that still impact people’s lives every day,” said director and professor, Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, Ph.D. “I want people to think about how people fight to keep their respective communities intact, sometimes to the detriment of trying to keep others out that don’t look or sound like them.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Box Office or by calling 912-344-2801 or by visiting georgiasouthern.edu/armstrongtickets. The Armstrong Campus Fine Arts Box Office is located in the Fine Arts Hall and is open weekdays from noon to 3 p.m.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art students present senior art exhibit, ‘Perspective’

Senior Art Exhibition, "Perspective"

Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will host its senior art exhibition “Perspective,” from Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 13 at the Fine Arts Gallery on the Armstrong Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibition features the works of six multidisciplinary student artists who call themselves the Six Sensus. They include Kimberly Barron, Lauren Boivin, Sarah Jones, Jamel Richardson, Autumn Shade and Morgan Zichettella. 

The artists said that “Perspective” has been a collaboration where “we as a group share our individual views, ideas and talents,” and added, “Through our efforts within this show we are happy to express our experiences with art and working with each other.”

The pieces by Six Sensus represent various mediums, including sculpture, paintings, photography, printmaking, drawings and mixed media. The closing reception will be held March 13 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the senior art exhibition on the Armstrong Campus, visit https://calendar.georgiasouthern.edu/event/spring_2020_senior_exhibitions_exhibition_1#.XlfePZNKhhE.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


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