During the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for Region III at Michigan State University, Anderson University student Kylie Swanson advanced to the semi-final round in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions along with her scene partner, Sarah White. Swanson is a junior double majoring in music and biblical studies.
Swanson received the nomination for her work in the October 2010 production of "Children of Eden." The first round of the Ryan competition includes students nominated from universities all over the five state Region. The semi-final round is made up of less than 40 students chosen from the first round. In the first round, students perform one, 3-minute scene with their scene partner. In the semi-final round, both the 3-minute and a 2-minute scene are performed. [Photo on left: Kylie Swanson played "Yonah" in "Children of Eden." She received the Irene Ryan nomination for her work in this production.]
Also this year, Anderson University was selected to bring a scene from The Boze Lyric Theatre production "Into the Woods" to the Festival’s Evening of Scenes performance. This was the first time that an AU production was so recognized by the KCACTF.
"This was an exciting year for us at the KCACTF Regional Festival in January," said Laurel Goetzinger, associate professor of music. "Not only did we have our first-ever invited performance on the Evening of Scenes, but one of our Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition nominees, Kylie Swanson made it to the semi-final round of the competition."
"The Festival offers excellent opportunities for our students to experience and participate in a wide variety of performances, workshops and master classes watching and working with artists, and teachers from throughout the country," added Goetzinger.
The Region III Festival was held January 4 – 8, 2011 with a performance from AU on January 5 at the Evening of Scenes (The Fringe). This is the highest honor afforded to an Associate Production entry, in which the full production is not competing to be considered for performance at the Regional and National Festivals. This is AU's first such recognition since participating in ACTF.
Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.