NEWPORT, R.I. – Jacqueline Lawler, a junior from Exeter who is a Pell Honors student with a double major in secondary education and English, has won the National Dramaturgy Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 1.
A theatre minor at Salve Regina, Lawler will receive a cash scholarship and membership in the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). She is also invited to the KCACTF National Festival in Washington, D.C., April 18-23, where she will participate in workshops and be eligible for the KCACTF National Dramaturgy Award, including a summer internship at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
“I was unbelievably surprised,” Lawler said of receiving the award. “The other student dramaturgs did such amazing work and I'm honored to be counted among them at all. I guess in the end the judges liked the direction in which I took my project. The greatest part of KCACTF was the amount of dedication shown by the people around me. I learned so much about my craft and was blessed to meet people who could really help me to spread the love of theatre.”
Lawler, a Resident Assistant, is actively involved in Salve Regina’s theatre arts program. This semester, she is directing “Touch” by Toni Press-Coffman, which will be performed by the Stagefright Student Theatre Company on Feb. 11-13 (tickets on sale at tinyurl.com/salvecasino). She is also acting in the spring musical production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
The National Dramaturgy Award is the result of a unique collaboration between Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the professional association of dramaturgs and literary managers working in North America, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The KCACTF is a national program dedicated to improving the quality of college and university theater in the United States, with additional support from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).
(Photo of Jacqueline Lawler by Laura Ink Photography.)