Prof Stokes gets The Gold Medallion at KCACTF

January 26, 2016

Allyson Currin Stokes, two-time Helen Hayes-nominated playwright, and TRDA professor of theatre, was awarded The Gold Medallion in a ceremony that took place at the Gold Medallion Dinner at the regional KCACTF Festival on Friday, Jan. 15.  That dinner honors the KCACTF faculty and special guests who work in and organize the Festival.  The award was presented to by the Region 2 Chair, Scott MacKenzie.

Each year, the eight KCACTF regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.  The Gold Medallion is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the great honors in theatre education.

Prof Stokes has been involved with the the Festival for 7 years, first as a new play respondent.  She then spent 3 years as Vice Chair for the National Playwriting Program (Region 2), and just finished her 3rd year as Chair of same.  The NPP Chairs are responsible for attending and responding to new plays all over the region, advocating for student playwrights and new work at Festival, and running the regional new play submission programs. Chairs also bring top-ranking student-written work for concert readings at the Festival - top-ranking plays then move on to the National Festival at The Kennedy Center every spring.

Prof. Stokes has a new play running at Cincinnati Playhouse and that Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre is premiering her new musical SILVER BELLES (with composer-lyricist Matt Conner) in November 2016.