Minneapolis, MN

Normandale Theatre Department won 4 KCACTF national awards

Paula Carlsen

In This Together Programnormandale.edu

Minneapolis, MN — Four national awards were awarded to the Normandale Community College Department of Theatre from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF).

KCACTF is a national theater program with 18,000 students involved annually from colleges and universities all around the country. They have granted more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, enhance their dramatic skills and obtain national recognition for excellence. Over 16 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 festival productions nationwide.

One of the twenty six students in the nation to receive the Special Achievement in Performance Award was a Normandale student, Vonny Wilborn. She received the accolades for her performance in the virtual production of ‘In This Together’, a performance that was produced by Normandale on October 23 - 24, 2020. The production of ‘In This Together’ by the Department of Theatre's production was also one of twenty eight productions to garner the Kennedy Center Artist Award.

Through this award, KCACTF recognized programs in higher education using theatrical production for the purpose of promoting long-term societal impact from an artistic perspective, to encourage empathetic exploration of the complex cultural and physical world, and to advocate for justice on campus and throughout the world.

Furthermore, Normandale's virtual performance of ‘In this Together’ was also one of seven productions to win the Special Achievement in Company Generated Work national award, as well as being one of 26 to be honored with a Special Achievement in Ensemble Collaboration - Performance and Production honor.

The department of theatre at Normandale College is the leading two-year theatre program in Minnesota. With adequate art facilities, innovative degree programs, highly qualified faculty and accessibility to one of the most vibrant arts communities in the nation, it is mentioned as a great place to begin or continue the training as a theatre artist.

Many of their alumni have gone on to some of the best schools around the state and abroad and are working professionals in the Twin Cities and other major markets. Through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), The Normandale Theatre Department is accredited and it is currently one of three colleges or universities in Minnesota and one of only eight two-year colleges nationwide to hold this distinction.

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