St. George student earns top awards for theater work at University of Idaho

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MOSCOW, Idaho — Three University of Idaho theater students were honored with top awards during the recent virtual Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Master of Fine Arts candidate Brindle Brundage of St. George won three awards: the Barbizon National Award for Excellence in Scenic Design in Region 7 for her work on “The Revolutionists;” the Randy Lutz Allied Design & Technology Award in Region 7 for her work on “The Moors;” and the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Award in Region 7, which comes with a one-week internship at Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas.

Senior Andrew Yoder, of Boise, Idaho, won the National Award for Excellence in Sound Design in Region 7 for the third consecutive year for his work in the University of Idaho’s production of “The Moors.” Junior Hannah Verdi, of Hayden, Idaho, won the Regional Musical Theatre Scholarship and was named the Region 7 Open Jar Scholarship recipient, receiving a $600 scholarship to Open Jar, a New York City Broadway-integrated actor training program.

“I know I speak for all my colleagues in expressing our utter delight, pride and congratulations to our students who continue to dazzle and exceed our expectations,” said Robert Caisley, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. “The recognition they received at this festival is not only a testament to their hard work, dedication and creative achievement, but also a signal affirmation of their standing in their respective fields within the community of their peers.”

Yoder and Brundage will have their work showcased online, will have a national response to their work and are eligible to be awarded more honors at the national level. Both also receive full registration for the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology Conference March 8-12. Additionally, Brundage has an opportunity to take master classes with the Santa Fe Opera this summer.

The festival awards, presented during the group’s Region 7 Conference, are part of a national theater program involving more than 18,000 students from colleges and universities across the country and has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the United States. Region 7 includes Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Alaska, northern Nevada and Northern California.

For information on University of Idaho Theatre Arts, click here.

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