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APSU production of 'Proof' nominated for several awards

Earlier this summer, the Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance put on a production of David Auburns play about genius and mental illness, Proof.

To say the show was a success would be an understatement. Not only did the department remount the production just a few weeks later to open their fall season, but also several cast and crew members recently learned theyve been nominated for awards with the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – an annual national festival celebrating collegiate theatre around the country.
Earlier this summer, the Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance put on a production of David Auburn's play about genius and mental illness, “Proof.”

To say the show was a success would be an understatement. Not only did the department remount the production just a few weeks later to open their fall season, but also several cast and crew members recently learned they've been nominated for awards with the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival — an annual national festival celebrating collegiate theatre around the country.

The nominations include:
• Rebecca Beasley, graduate student, nominated for the national Barbizon design award for her lighting design and nominated for an Excellence in Stage Management award.
• Stephen Kemp, undergraduate, nominated for the national Barbizon award for sound design.
• Jolie, Hausman, undergraduate, nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship.
• William Sinclair, undergraduate, nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship.
• Britney Smith, undergraduate, nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship.
• Darren V. Michael, APSU professor of directing and acting, nominated for Excellence in Directing.

The APSU production of “Proof” is also being considered for entry in the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in February in Murfreesboro.

“It's a pretty big deal just to be considered with the number of productions done and which receive responses around southeastern college campuses each year,” Michael said.

The festival's selection committee meets in December, and they will announce at that time which productions will appear in the regional festival.

For more information on the awards or APSU's production of “Proof,” contact Michael at 931-221-6297 or at michaeld@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth