Gonzaga University student-actors Andrew Bell, a junior from Mukilteo, Wash., and seniors Laurel Clark, from Redmond, Wash., and Oscar Oswald from Santa Fe, N.M., have been nominated by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition.
The students were nominated based on their performances in the Gonzaga theatre production of “Curse of the Starving Class” earlier this fall, and all will compete Feb. 16-20 at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Moscow, Idaho.
This program provides recognition and financial assistance to outstanding student performers who wish to pursue further training in the theatre. A total of 19 scholarships and two fellowships are awarded annually to student actors.
Clark said she was “surprised and ecstatic” when she heard the news.
“It’s a huge honor to be nominated,” Clark said.
“Curse of the Starving Class” designers seniors Katie Brosz, from Mountain View, Calif., and Michael Crowley, Phoenix, each received Meritorious Awards for excellence in design; Brosz for lighting design and Crowley for costume design. Brosz and Crowley also will have a chance to compete and showcase their design work at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in February.