This past week, Stephanie Breinholt and our Region VIII KCACTF Irene Ryan Scholarship recipient Johnny Wilson (MDT) and his partner Morgan Gunter (BFA Acting) participated in the National KCACT Festival in Washington D.C. Stephanie reports that they were kept very busy during the day with workshops in acting, stage combat, voice, and comedy d’el arte. The three of them were able to visit the national monuments one night and connected with TMA alum David Zobell who is the Education Director of the Signature Theatre.
David is a great contact in the DC area who gave them the rundown of the DC theatre scene. After their conversation with David, they attended The Flick, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner, at the Signature. As the Region VIII Irene Ryan Co-ordinator, Stephanie met with the National Irene Ryan Committee. She was able to tour several museums in the capitol with her family. She was immensely proud of Johnny and Morgan in their competition performances. Of the 10 possible recognitions that are given at the nationals, Johnny and Morgan placed in four of them. Johnny won the Society of American Fight Directors’ Scholarship to a 3-week intensive at UNC School of the Arts fight certification workshop (flight and workshop fee included). Johnny was also the runner up for the National Partners of the American Theatre Classical Acting award. Morgan Gunter, Johnny’s partner, won the Kingsley Colton Award for the Outstanding Partner. He also won the Mark Twain National Award for Comic Performance. Both awards come with hefty scholarships. Congratulations to these outstanding students!