Hollins has received a financial commitment of $6.5 million from Mr. and Mrs. James McDonnell III to fund renovations to the university’s Dana Science Building and Hollins Theatre, and expand the number of faculty in the theatre and playwriting programs.
“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.
Hollins is among the more than 60 theatres from around the world receiving this year’s 50/50 Applause Award from the International Centre for Women Playwrights.
Hollins’ production of “Decision Height” captured honors in production, direction, performance, and playwriting for author Meredith Dayna Levy ’12, M.F.A. ’15, director Ernie Zulia, and the drama’s cast and crew.
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.
The education services company places Hollins among the top 15% of America’s four-year colleges and ranks the university’s theatre department as one of the nation’s 20 best.