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Blinn theatre earns Kennedy Center accolades for acting, stage management and lighting design

Three-day production of ‘Antigone’ earns national theatre honors


November 10, 2014

The Blinn College – Bryan campus Theatre Program made a splash with its recent performance of “Antigone” in its Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival debut.

Braden Baumbach (Katy) and Julie Cook (Buffalo) were each nominated for Irene Ryan Acting Awards, and Rebekah Reaves (Wylie) and Amber Parker (College Station) were nominated for Meritorious Achievement Awards. Baumbach played the old man/chorus and Cook played Antigone. Reaves was recognized for stage management while Parker was honored for lighting design.

Blinn produced “Antigone” Oct. 16-18, drawing approximately 550 students and community patrons over three performances.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide that has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the United States. KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

Irene Ryan Acting Nominations provide recognition and honor to outstanding student performers wishing to further their theater education.  Meritorious Achievement Awards are for students who go beyond and above in the collaborative process.

More than 4,000 students are enrolled in Blinn’s Division of Visual & Performing Arts, which offers programs in architecture, arts, communication studies, music and theatre. For more information on the Blinn – Brenham campus Theatre Program, visit:

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As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.

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PHOTO (courtesy of Blinn College student Jonathan Ulbrich) – Aaron Sowell of Bryan (kneeling, left) and Connor Mills Cross of Austin (lying down, right) perform during Blinn College’s production of “Antigone.” The production was nominated for awards for acting, stage management and lighting design by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.