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“We are delighted to be returning to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. This year's production underscores UMBC's commitment to the arts and the importance of collaboration between our faculty and students.”

— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


UMBC Theatre Students Win Coveted Spot at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival


April 1, 2004– Buried - a production developed by students and faculty in UMBC's Theatre Department - is one of just six plays to be showcased this month at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. More than 1,200 colleges and universities nationwide vied for a spot in this highly regarded festival.

Buried reached the finals by being voted the outstanding theatre production of schools representing the mid-Atlantic region, besting festival participants from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Conceived and directed by UMBC Assistant Professor Colette Searls, Buried is an original puppet performance about the casualties of war. Looking at war through the eyes of its victims, Buried uses puppetry to imagine what happens to the suspended thoughts and intentions of those who don’t survive.

Three of the students in Buried – McKenzie Bowling, Jillian Byrnes and Vanessa Strickland – are Linehan Artist Scholars, recipients of UMBC’s prestigious merit scholarship for talented undergraduates majoring in the visual and performing arts who have a strong record of academic achievement.

Also in the spotlight at the Theater Festival is UMBC undergraduate Jason Roth, who will be one of 16 national finalists (out of 300 from across the country) pursuing the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. A sophomore, he returns to the festival for the second year in a row.

The performances, marking UMBC’s sixth appearance at the national festival, will take place on April 12th and 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.


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