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Students, faculty to be recognized at theater festival

Posted 01/15/15

Fitchburg State University will once again be well represented at the upcoming Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival competition in Hyannis, with students competing in a variety of categories and faculty member Kelly Morgan being presented the Innovation in Teaching Award.

The festival runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 1, with more than 2,000 students from 67 colleges and universities from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Morgan, who coordinates the University’s theater program, will receive the Innovation in Teaching Award from the regional chapter of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education-Performance Theory & Practice and Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

The theater organizations created the award to celebrate innovative methods of teaching in regard to student success in theater arts.

Morgan has been a member of the Fitchburg State faculty since 1997 and has also been active in the Kennedy Center festival, which for many years held its regional competition on campus and in neighboring communities.

Selection criteria for the Innovation in Teaching Award include demonstrated commitment to teaching students effectively; development of one or more effective, innovative teaching strategies that promote learning; and exceptional teaching skills, which are evidenced in the testimony and lives of both current and former students.

Fitchburg State students have been nominated in directing, acting, dramaturgy, stage managing, lighting, scenic design, props, sound design, technical direction, costumes, and poster design categories for productions mounted through the Communications Media and Industrial Technology Departments, as well as the student-run Falcon Theater Company.

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