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In 2009, Parkside's Theatre Arts Department was awarded the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents' "Teaching Excellence Award for Outstanding Academic Program." We are the only fine arts department in the state to ever win this award. In the area of artistic quality, our theatrical productions have received over 100 "Regional Awards of Merit" from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Take a look at some of our past productions, and see for yourself!
UW-Parkside is very active in the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, Region 3 (the nation's largest).
We regularly accrue a significant number of Merit Awards (in Design, Direction, and Tech) as well as Acting Awards, including what we consider to be the highest accolade, The Ensemble Acting Award. At festival, our students compete and succeed. See for yourself below!
In addition to the winners at the Region III Festival, the Parkside Theatre Department also received the following honors:
The Company as a whole won the prestigious Golden Hand Truck Award for best load-in (set up) and load-out (tear down) of the scenery, lighting, costumes, and sound among all invited productions.
- Tayler Varney (JR) - Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Award for Into the Woods costume design and construction. She received a one-week paid intensive workshop at the professional training institute in Las Vegas. She also received a Merit Award for Excellence in Scenic Design for It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.- Zachary Cooper (SR) - John Cauble Short Play National Semi-Finalist for his original work, The Fast Nickel.- Kelliann Keeler (JR) - Regional Design Project Finalist (Costume Design)- Jazmin Medina (SR) - Regional Design Project Finalist (Costume Design)- Robin Feltman (JR) - Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Regional Semi-Finalist- Spencer Gray (SR) - Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Regional Semi-Finalist Partner- Anna Janicek (JR) - Merit Award for Excellence in Sound Design- Antonio Torrez (SR) - Merit Award for Excellence in Scenic Painting- Laura Arnold (SR) - Merit Award for Excellence in Stage Management
Ethan Hall, Brenna Kempf, Hayley Cotton, Kenjamin Lafayette,
Certificates of Merit:Misti Bradford - Costume Design (Twelfth Night)