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Alfred University theater department invited to participate at regional festival

Alfred University | 12/21/18

Alfred University students perform in the play Men on Boats in October.
Alfred University students perform in the play Men on Boats in October.

The Alfred University theater department will be represented at the upcoming 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region II Festival, scheduled for Jan. 15-19 at Montclair State University in New Jersey.


ALFRED, NY – The Alfred University theater department will be represented at the upcoming 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region II Festival, scheduled for Jan. 15-19 at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Alfred University has been invited to the festival perform a scene from Men on Boats. The play was originally staged on campus Oct. 3-6, under the direction of Becky Prophet, professor of theater at Alfred University. Prophet will lead a group of as many as 14 students attending next month’s festival in New Jersey.

Men on Boats, written by Jaclyn Backhaus, is set in the summer of 1869. It captures the high tension and great adventure of John Wesley Powell and his crew in the first trip down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon.  The events of this highly imaginative play are taken from journals of Powell and the other daring men as they floated, floundered, and sometimes crashed as they ventured “down the Great Unknown.” 

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. For 50 years, the organization has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country. Region II of Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival comprises college and universities from Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Western New York, Northern Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Prophet will direct four students performing the scene from Men on Boats. Six students will be participating in auditions for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships and one will be submitting lighting design for response. All students from the Alfred University contingent will be participating in some festival activity or activities.

A group of students from Alfred University attended the 2018 KCACTF Region II Festival, held last January at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. One student, 2018 graduate Trevor Monk (B.A., theater) was honored for winning a regional award for Craft and Allied Design. He was recognized for designing and creating masks used in Alfred University’s production of Eurydice.

Monk and two other students, current seniors Katie Finch and Meredith Prato, made a prototype of a 19th Century costume out of newspaper, while current junior Richard Beam was cast in two plays that were performed during the festival.