New Paltz students recognized at the Kennedy Center – American College Theatre festival
NEW PALTZ – Emma Larsen '14 and Patrick Pierpoint '14, two SUNY New Paltz Theatre Arts students, recently were awarded prizes at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (Region I) in Hyannis, Ma.
Larsen, of Somers, N.Y., won a scholarship for an internship with Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Pierpoint, a Goshen, N.Y., resident, won the Best Comic Actor prize competing against approximately 250 participants.
“This recognition is huge,” said Nancy Saklad, associate professor of theatre arts at New Paltz. “Theatre is a really competitive field… and (this) recognition helps build confidence."
In addition to Larsen and Pierpoint, three SUNY New Paltz students progressed through to the semi-finals round of The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition: Katherine Cryer-Hassett, Patrick Pierpoint, and Robert Gagnon. Last year, Katherine Cryer-Hassett was the recipient of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Award.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) was founded in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman. It is a national theater program in eight geographic regions and involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities from across the nation. More than 600 academic institutions participate in the KCACTF, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents
Winners in each of the eight geographical regions then move on to compete in the KCACTF National Festival in Washington, DC in April.
Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, 90 minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts and Education.
New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.