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Monmouth Theatre Students Receive Kennedy Center Nominations

Six members of the Monmouth community have been recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for their work in Specialist Professor Sheri Anderson’s production of “Pippin.”

Antonia Bongiorno ’26 has been nominated for the Musical Theatre Intensive; John Terista ’27, Tim Pakrad ’25, and Jill Bodiford ’25 have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award; Ava Komasz ’24 has been nominated for the Stage Management Award; and Sam Jordan ’24 is an alternate for the Irene Ryan Award. They have all been invited to compete at the KCACTF Region II Festival in January.

In addition to the individual nominees, the entire freshman ensemble received a Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Achievement in Dedication to the Performance for “Pippin.”

KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students annually from colleges and universities across the country, which aims 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 the United States; 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.

Since its inception, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improve their dramatic skills, and receive national recognition for excellence. More than 16 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 festival productions nationwide.