Theatre Program Wins Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Merit Awards

March 20, 2013 12:33 pm Journalism, Communication, and Theatre Dept, Theatre Program

Lehman’s Theatre Program has received Merit Awards in acting performance from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 1 for its fall productions of Jose Rivera’s Marisol and Michael Frayn’s Noises Off.

Under the direction of guest artist John Clancy, the acting company for Marisol earned an award for “Meritorious Achievement in Cohesive Ensemble” performance. The ensemble included Lehman students Melibelle Lavandier, Dexter Thomas-Payne, Edina Celjaj, Kailah King, Erachie Brown, Angie Nunez, Edgard Toro and Kelvin Veras. Set in the Bronx, Marisol is an apocalyptic urban fantasy that urges society to wake up and find a way to recover our compassion for our fellow man.

Theatre major Emmanuel Delgado earned the award for “Extraordinary Characterization and Performance Through Physical Comedy” for his portrayal of Frederick Fellowes in the popular British farce Noises Off. Directed by guest artist George Heslin, Noises Off features a play within a play, with slamming doors, backstage drama and physical comedy.

Respondents from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 1, which includes New England and part of New York State, attended the shows in the fall and nominated the Lehman students for the merit awards. The Center’s Theater Festival is a national theater program with 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide.

“I think these awards go a long way in validating the work of our students as well as that of the faculty and staff, who really put everything they have into these productions,” says Professor and Program Director David Sullivan.

The College offers a bachelor’s degree in theatre and a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance and theatre. Each semester, the Theatre Program produces at least one major production and several smaller student-led productions.