UMass Boston will once again be represented at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region I, joining students from throughout the Northeast at the annual gathering in late January. Students from throughout New England and Northeast New York will attend a week-long festival of workshops and performance at Western Connecticut State College. From there, students may be selected for the National conference in Washington D.C.
This fall’s nominees include Jacques Matellus and Owen Sherrin, both nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award for their portrayals of the two characters who were definitely not “earnest” in The Importance of Being Earnest. Alternates, if either cannot attend, are Abigail Dickson, who played Lady Bracknell, and Lorraine Kanyike, who played Gwendolyn Cardew.
Also for Earnest, two members of the crew were nominated. Paige Austin was nominated for her role as stage manager, and has recently agreed to fulfill the same role in the spring production of Nothing is the End of the World (Except the End of the World) by Bekah Brunstetter. Annah Ruggerio was nominated for her creation of the outrageous wigs and hats the commanded so much attention in turn of the century production.
Anastasya Putri was nominated for the Maltby Musical Theater Award for her performance in the Holiday Musical Theatre Spectacular, where she performed “Even Santa Fell in Love” as well as numerous ensemble numbers. Stanzi Potenza, who won the Region I Irene Ryan Award and represented UMass Boston at the national conference, will serve as alternate.