WWU students compete for scholarships and awards

Several
William Woods University theatre students were in Lincoln, Neb., last week at
the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) competing for
scholarships and awards.

T.J. Green of Brandon, Miss., and his partner Kayla Pulliam of
Bloomington, Ill., advanced to the semi-finals of the Irene Ryan Scholarship
Auditions after the field was cut from 325 to 64.

Other nominees from William Woods were Drew
Arnett of Columbia, Mo., Bailey Campanini of Camdenton, Mo., and Jason
Cavallone of Chicago, Ill.  Partners were
Nick Hoover of Kingdom City, Mo., and Paige Runge of St. Louis, Mo.

As
a director, Pulliam made it to the final round of the Society of Stage
Directors and Choreographers Scholarship competition. Green and Runge performed
a scene Pulliam directed from “Polaroid Stories” by Naomi Iisuka.

Bailey
Campanini was cast in a faculty-directed scene, which was performed at the
Faculty Directing Showcase Wednesday night.

Drew Arnett got a callback from the Actors Theatre of
Louisville for an apprenticeship.
 
“We attended workshops
and saw various performances by colleges and universities in the region,”
Melissa Alpers-Springer, assistant professor, communication and theatre, said.
“It was good to talk to other professors and students and to compare our work
with others in the profession.”
                                                        
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T.J. Green and his partner Kayla Pulliam
perform a scene from “The Lie,” adapted by DZ
West.  The pair advanced to the semi-finals of the Irene Ryan
Scholarship Auditions at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.