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Loyola University New Orleans Department of Drama and Speech wins theatre awards

Loyola press release - December 17, 1998

Students in Loyola University New Orleans Department of Drama and Speech were the recipients of four state awards.

As part of the Louisiana State Theater competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Loyola entered The Twice Born, an original production by Loyola Drama Professor Ernest Ferlita, S.J. Based on this production, Loyola received an award for Excellence in Fostering the Development of New Plays. Also, two faculty and two students received honors: Herb Sayas for Excellence in Scenic Design, Melissa Shafer for Excellence in Lighting Design, and Sorel Perez and Guy Schaafs for Excellence in Acting. Perez and Schaals also were nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship in Acting. As part of this honor, both are eligible to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Regional Festival to be held in February 1999 at the Texas Womanís University.

"Itís a wonderful experience just for the students to participate in this festival. Being involved in the process is rewarding in itself, but to win four awards is outstanding," said Georgia Gresham, chair of Loyolaís drama and speech department.

The Kennedy Center national education program objective is to identify and promote quality in college-level theatre production. Certain students are selected to participate in programs involving scholarships and special grants for actors, playwrights, designers, and critics at the regional and national levels.