Angelo State University will host the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Region 6 on March 1-4 at various venues on campus, including the ASU Auditorium, Modular Theatre and C.J. Davidson Conference Center.

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Approximately 800 theatre students, faculty and staff and invited guests will attend the festival from across Region 6, which includes college theatre programs at schools in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. 

The festival will include full-length presentations of five invited plays, “Brooklyn” by West Texas A&M University, “The Aliens” by University of New Orleans, “When the Rain Stops Falling” by Texas Wesleyan University, “metAMORfosis” by Tarrant County College-Southeast, and “Kabuki Lady MacBeth” by Panola College. 

The festival also includes student competitions and awards in the Design, Technology and Management Division, Musical Theatre Initiative and Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships. ASU students entered include Julia McDaniel of Seagraves for stage management and lighting design, Tessa Verner of Amarillo for stage management, Lindsey Jones of Big Spring for projection design, and Driana Bramer of Hondo for scenic design. Taylor Dabbs of Boerne will participate in the Musical Theatre Initative. 

ASU students nominated for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships include Dabbs for his role in the ASU production of “Little Women,” Michael Oriano of San Angelo for his role in the ASU production of “Julius Caesar,” and Kyle Newman of Schertz for his role in “Little Women.” The nominees each choose an acting partner for their contest performances. Dabbs is partnered with Megan Croyle of San Angelo, Oriano’s partner is Matthew Jackson of Bangs, and Newman is partnered with Cheyenne Mickler of Lampasas. 

A guidebook of the festival schedule will be available as a cell phone app at Tickets are available to the public for $10 at the door of each venue; however, seating is limited.

Started in 1969, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival includes more than 600 academic institutions nationwide participating in eight regional festivals. More information is available online at

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