Department of Theatre and Dance Receives Recognition at Regional Competition

Published: March 16, 2015

Department of Theatre and Dance Receives Recognition at Regional Competition

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Fifteen students from the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi competed at the Region VI Contest of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) held February 24 -28 at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.  The Region IV Contest included college and universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas. 

Calan Welder, a junior theatre major, was named the regional winner of the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy (ITJA) Contest.  Welder was also selected as one of four regional winners chosen by a national panel to compete at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in April.

In the Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition, three Texas A&M-Corpus Christi actors and their partners advanced to the finals showcase.  Competing in a pool of 175 performers, the 16 finalists included senior Aaron Arroyo with partner, senior Bianca Hooi; senior Gabriella Pedraza with partner, sophomore Schuyler Ballew; and senior David Serna with partner, senior Sterling Burton.

Emily Roeder, a junior theatre major, advanced to the final round of the Musical Theatre Competition.  Roeder was nominated to compete in the Region VI festival for her performance in the A&M-Corpus Christi department’s production of “Cabaret.” 

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide.  The KCACTF includes more than 600 academic institutions and eight geographic regions throughout the country.