Excellence Recognized

A student can receive College Honors in the Department of Theater if they are a Theater major with a 3.50 grade point average in departmental courses. In addition the student will have achieved a 3.25 grade point average overall, and received a grade of Pass with Distinction on the senior comprehensive project. See the Honors Program for additional information.

The Theater Department recognizes excellence with two awards given annually:

The Jack Bell Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement is given to the student or students (at any class rank) in recognition of creative work of superior quality.

The Marion Schumacher Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Department of Theater is given to the senior or seniors whose sustained contribution to the Theater Department is of exceptional worth.

The students recognized by these awards are announced at the end of the spring semester and their names are added to placques mounted in the Keck Theater Front Lobby.

The Theater Department Awards Recipients
The Jack Bell Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement
Noa Carlson - directing, writing, devision, and performance project - A Land Unkown, Remembered
Kamilah Cooper-Charles - directing project - Aleshea Harris' What to Send Up When It Goes Down 
Natalya Nielsen - writing, devision, and performance project - Sometimes I Pretend
Hil Kang-Oglesby - writing, devision, and performance project - Lyrical Escapism
Noa Carlson - stage management - Romeo and Juliet
Kai Morfin - acting - Scenes From Metamorphoses and Romeo and Juliet
Autumn Scott - stage management - Trope! (Fear Is a Villain)
Sophia Fern Brown - writing, composition, direction and performance of her multi-disciplinary
production, Pherneterity, February 28 & 29, Oxy Arts. 
Zoë Speer - scenic design for Jacklyn Backhaus' Men On Boats, directed by Deena Selenow,
November 2019.

Megan Johnson - cue calling for U-R-U Fall 2018
Richard Via - original solo storytelling performance - Working Class: The Unofficial Gay Agenda
Dyoni Isom - directing community healing project - Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf 
Elliot Davis - solo performance - Poet in New York 
Megan McKiernan - directing - Ruby Rae Spiegel's Dry Land 

Kylie Brakeman- writing, producing, directing and performing BEES! 

Marciela Guardado-Writing, performing, & directing Las Tres Santas de Mallinali

Marina Bellizzi '16 (Theater Major): Scenic Artist, Measure for Measure
Dylan Bruce '16 (Theater Major): Scenic Design, Dead Man's Cell Phone

Kenyon Meleney '15 (Theater Major): Acting, Dorante in The Liar and Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone
Brian Erickson '16 (Theater Minor): Playwriting, Buyer's Market (New Play Festival 2015)

Lukecus King '14 (Theater Major): Acting and Directing, Othello in Othello, director of Slanguages
Savannah Gilmore '15 (Theater Major): Acting, Clytemnestra in Agamemnon, Emilia in Othello

Gulia Davis '13 (Theater Major): Acting, The Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Robert Lundgren '13 (Theater Major): Playwriting, Flush (New Play Festival 2013)
Jacob Mallove '13 (Theater Major): Acting, Mr. Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, the Broadway Musical

Jordan Puryear '12 (Theater Minor): Playwriting, The Will to Divide (New Play Festival 2012)
Giulia Davis '13 (Theater Major): Acting, JB McNamara in Dynamite and Nora in A Doll House

The Marion Schumacher Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Department of Theater
Noa Carlson '22
Kai Alexander Morfín '22
Mitch Carswell '20
Asher Tessier '20

Rachel Goodman '19
Megan Johnson '19

Elena Sánchez '18

Anisha Banerjee '17
Ada Flavin '17
Nicholas Justice '17

Declan Meagher '16
Adam Roy '16

Savannah Gilmore '15

Reza Vojdani '14

Sarah Gosschalk '13
Stephen Mann '13

Serita Robinson '12
Tristan Waldron '12

Contact the Theater & Performance Studies Department
Keck Theater 202

Box Office: (323) 259-2922