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Past Productions and Awards

Past Productions

Liberty University has a history of over 25 years of theatrical productions, ranging from Greek tragedies to musical comedies, from classics to new plays. Thousands of students have performed on our stage, with many pursuing professional acting careers. The Department of Theatre Arts produces six shows a season, as well as student-produced work and cabarets. Past shows include:

  • Guys & Dolls
  • Seussical
  • Charley's Aunt
  • The 39 Steps
  • She Stoops to Conquer
  • A Man For All Seasons
  • Meet Me In St. Louis
  • Brigadoon
  • Little Women
  • South Pacific
 

Irene Ryan Awards

The Department of Theatre Arts has competed in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for over ten years. Through participation with the KCACTF, students have been nominated for the Irene Ryan, a national acting award for excellence in the craft and art of acting and design. Past nominees include:

2018: Maria Reginaldi as Rosie Alvarez, Hannah Mehl as Ursula Merkle, Brandon Shawl for Stage Management – all in Bye Bye Birdie; Ashlind Browne as Carrie Buck, Esther Eaton as Emma Buck/Nurse/Caroline Wilhelm/Singer, Sierra Gibson for Stage Management – all in Kin; Megan Grant as Princess of France, Vincent Sadler as Don Adriano de Armado, Rebecca Hibma for Stage Management – all in Love's Labour's Lost

2017: Hannah Mehl as Gertrude McFuzz, Rendel Kellum as Horton, Allison Hartfield for Stage Management – all in Seussical; Tatiana Harman as Kate Hardcastle, Caleb Towns as Charles Marlow, Sierra Gibson for Stage Management, Aidan Daniel for Asst. Costume Design - all in She Stoops to Conquer; Sarah Jirgal as Susy, Judah Fox as Mike, Matt Bushey as Roat, Rebecca Hibma for Stage Management – all in Wait Until Dark; Hannah Mehl as Millie Dillmount, Madeline Rasmusson as Miss Flannery, Jaymee Wagner for Stage Management, Nicki Kelly for Assistant Scenic Artist – all in Thoroughly Modern Millie; Rachel Jones as Abby Brewster, Gabrielle Crandall as Martha Brewster, Rebecca Berryman for Stage Management, Gracella Martin for Props Management, Laura Chandler Robinson for Hair and Makeup – all in Arsenic and Old Lace

2016: Tatiana Harman as Meg Brockie, Sarah Jirgal as Jean MacLaren, Ashton Kamphuis for Stage Management — all in Brigadoon; Kimberly Camacho as M'Lynn Eatenton, Amanda Ward as Clairee Belcher — both for Steel Magnolias; Ben Perry as Frank, Allison Hartfield for Hair & Makeup - both in Over The River; Maria Reginaldi as Sister Sarah Brown, Sarah Jirgal as Miss Adelaide, Kelsey Reichard for Hair & Makeup — all in Guys & Dolls

2015: Lindsey Register as Nellie Forbush, Monica Oquendo-Alvarez as Bloody Mary, Ashton Kamphuis for Stage Management — all in South Pacific; Heather Reed as Death, McKenzie Connel as Minion Leader, Cassandra McCall for Stage Management, Film Editor: Dylan Giovanetto for Terminological Design — all in Everyman; Matthew Brandon as Malvolio — in Twelfth Night; Makenzie Pusey as Esther Smith, Amanda Ward as Rose Smith, Catheryn Hooper for Props Management, Brooke Spencer for Stage Management — all in Meet Me In St. Louis


Faculty & Staff Award Nominations

  • In 2004, Liberty Theatre was asked to showcase Monte Cristo at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
  • Linda Nell Cooper has received multiple National Award Nominations for Excellence in Directing for shows such as Secret Garden, Aida, Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story, and Jane Eyre.
  • Chris Nelson has received multiple National Award Nominations for Excellence in Directing for shows such as Little Shop of HorrorsRagtimeEveryman, and Arsenic and Old Lace.
  • Andy Geffken has received multiple National Award Nominations for Excellence in Directing for shows such as Brigadoon, Guys & Dolls, and Bye Bye Birdie.
  • Scott Hayes received a National Award Nomination for Excellence in Directing of Steel Magnolias.
  • Neal Brasher received a National Award Nomination for Excellence in Directing of She Stoops to Conquer.
  • Mark Howieson received National Award Nominations for Scenic Design of Wait Until Dark and Bye Bye Birdie.
  • Connie Hecker received National Award Nominations for Scenic Design of Kin.
  • Barry Gawinski received a National Award Nomination for Lighting Design of Bye Bye Birdie.
  • Lynne Forth received National Award Nominations for Costume Design of The Rivals, She Stoops to Conquer, and Arsenic and Old Lace.
  • Kathy Jordan received National Award Nominations for Costume Design of Guys & Dolls and Bye Bye Birdie.
  • Nicole Campbell received a National Award Nomination for Lighting Design of Guys & Dolls.
  • Design Team: Will Smith, Greg Vinson, Nicole Campbell and Kathy Jordan received a National Award Nomination for Design in Everyman.

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