Kennedy Center Theater Festival Honors Five from SMC

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival presented distinguished achievement awards last week to five members of the Saint Mary’s community for their work on recent college theatrical productions.

Liam Callister, who played “Joe” in the college’s production of “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,” received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Performance. Ted Crimy won the Distinguished Achievement Award in Sound Design and Robert Broadfoot was recognized for Distinguished Achievement in Scenic Design for “Angels.”

Angela Santillo ’05 was given a Distinguished Achievement Award in Playwriting for her original play, “Sera,” and Professor Rebecca Engle won the Distinguished Achievement Award in Directing for New Play Development for “Sera.”

"We are excited and proud that our students, staff and faculty have been recognized for their wonderful work in theater,” said Frank Murray, chair of the Performing Arts Department. Few schools ever receive such recognition at all, so Saint Mary's is being recognized as being among the elite schools in the country when it comes to the quality of our performing arts productions."

The awards are for Region VII, which includes colleges in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Out of a total of fifteen distinguished achievement awards given at the regional level, Saint Mary's won five.

The Saint Mary's production of "Angels in America" had already been recognized as an "outstanding production" by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and was one of only four Region VII college productions invited to perform at the regional festival in February at Humboldt State University in Arcata.

Teresa Castle
Office of College Communications