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“The festival is the major showcase for our plans, hopes, and dreams to make Roanoke and Hollins a major national force in the development of new work for the American stage,” says Ernie Zulia, director of the Hollins Theatre Institute.
Putting together navigation plans, learning more about the Roanoke Valley, touring with a children’s theatre production, producing comic books and graphic novels, researching the history of Hollins University, and even identifying and avoiding BS are some of the distinctive course offerings engaging Hollins students during the school’s January 2015 Short Term session.
Co-sponsored by Hollins and Roanoke College, the Kendig Awards recognize distinction in arts and culture in the Roanoke Valley. Awards are presented in each of the following categories: Individual Artist, Individual or Business Supporter, and Arts and Culture Organization.
Sponsored by Wyndham Robertson Library and the Hollins Outdoor Program, this initiative is using the Blue Ridge Mountains and a few good books to help the campus community explore the connections between movement, nature, and literature.
Hollins’ production of “Decision Height” by Meredith Dayna Levy ’12, M.F.A. ’15 will be among the plays showcased at this year’s festival. Levy earned one of 2013′s top playwriting prizes from the Kennedy Center for the drama.
“This new collaboration continues our history of innovative programming in research, education, and professional influence,” said Jeffery Bullock, program director.
Dan A.R. Kelly, who is pursuing his MFA in screenwriting and film studies at Hollins, co-wrote and produced “Susie’s Hope,” which debuts this month at one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States.
Hollins Theatre’s production of “Bellocq’s Ophelia” won four awards, while Playwright’s Lab students Meredith Levy ’12 and Kevin Ferguson earned individual honors for their works.
Hollins Theatre’s adaptation of Natasha Trethewey’s “Bellocq’s Ophelia” is one of five productions chosen to compete at the Region IV KCACTF; two of Hollins’ student playwrights and three student actors will also be honored at the February event.