UMBC Theatre Students Win Spot at Kennedy Center's American College Theatre FestivalApril 1, 1997-UMBC's Theatre Department production of Alexander Ostrovsky's The Diary of a Scoundrel heads to the Kennedy Center this month as one of only eight plays selected from over 900 college and university entrants to perform at the American College Theatre Festival. Directed by UMBC Associate Professor Sam McCready, The Diary of a Scoundrel was voted the outstanding theatre production from schools in the mid-Atlantic region, besting entries from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
The performances on April 16 and 17 at the Kennedy Center will mark UMBC's fifth appearance at the national festival. Among other universities to perform are California Institute of the Arts, Middlebury College of Vermont, and Wright State University of Ohio.
In recommending the UMBC production, an adjudicator noted, "The Diary of a Scoundrel is among some of the best theatre I have ever seen. It was intelligent, harsh, unpredictable, and stylistically dangerous. In short, very exciting theatre." The entire cast and crew also received the American College Theatre Festival National Achievement Award for their performance as an ensemble. Receiving outstanding individual performance awards were UMBC students Megan Anderson, Dahlia Kaminsky, Mike Smith, and Christopher Yeiser. Faculty members Sam McCready, William T. Brown (set design), Elena Zlotescu (costume design), and Terry Cobb (lighting and sound) were also honored.
Four cast members are students from UMBC's new Artist Scholars program, a merit scholarship opportunity for talented undergraduates majoring in the Visual and Performing Arts who also have a strong record of academic achievement.