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UT Theatre Student Wins Award for Set Design

Jan. 20, 2010: The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film has announced that Frances “Frankie” Teuber, a junior majoring in Theatre, has won second place in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region II Set Design competition. Ms. Teuber’s winning design was created for the November UT production of “Machinal.” Theatre professor James Hill was her faculty advisor on the project.

While she did not win the Barbizon Award which would have allowed her entry to advance to the national competition, her entry attracted a great deal of interest among judges and spectators alike. Cornel Gabara, professor of acting at UT, said that Ms. Teuber’s entry received a lot of praise from important professionals at the event. “They were impressed. These are Broadway professionals and that is important.”

Frankie Teuber

He said that they praised her creativity and gave Ms. Teuber suggestions for improving her model building technique for competition. Gabara added, “No doubt the talent is there.”
Ms. Teuber, from Warren, Ohio, also designed the set for the UT production of Coronado (2008-2009 season). This past summer she was the set designer for two professional productions: Junk Drawer at the Boulder International Fringe Festival, and Ectospasms at the New York Fringe Festival. After graduation she plans to pursue a master’s degree in set design.
Several UT theatre students competed at the festival, including Katie Rediger (Theatre) and her partner Pat Miller (Film), who made the Final Round of the Irene Ryan Competition. Out of 230 nominees (and their respective partners), Ms. Rediger and Mr. Miller were among only 14 that were chosen.
A number of University faculty and administrators, including President Lloyd Jacobs offered their congratulations and praise. Provost for Health Science, Jeffrey Gold said, “This is wonderful recognition for this program and the overall excellence of UT.” Ben Pryor, chair of the Philosophy Department added, “Having been to the KCACTF festival, I well understand the intensity of this competition and the level of accomplishment it takes to succeed.  Thus it is truly remarkable--though not at all surprising--to hear that we've done so well.  It's a reflection of an unparalleled commitment to artistic excellence from all involved.”
The KCACTF Region II Festival includes approximately 90 Colleges from the following States:  SW New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.







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