March 5, 2012
The University of Southern Indiana fall musical Rent; Eric Altheide, the play’s director; and two cast members received distinguished national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The national program announced awards in two categories, outstanding production and distinguished production. The play was judged during the regional ACTF competition held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of eight regional festivals held in the U.S. in January.
Anachebe Asomugha, a senior theatre major from Newburgh, and Adam Woodruff, senior health services major from Evansville, received distinguished actor awards for their roles of Collins and Mark, respectively.
“Rent distinguished itself in three categories, one of them twice,” said Elliot Wasserman, USI professor of theatre and chair of the Performing Arts Department. “While these are not the top awards, they designate USI Theatre as in the topmost grouping from which the final winners were selected. This is a small group and is drawn from around 60 different productions.”
“We were selected among all participating productions in the nation to receive these honors,” said Altheide. “Rent was one of only three productions to be recognized on this scale.”