IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 8, 2007
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Lisa L. Rollins, 615-898-2919
MTSU Professor Will Serve 3-Year Term for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
(MURFREESBORO, Tenn.)—Jeff Gibson, assistant professor of speech and theatre at MTSU, recently was named chairman of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s (KCACTF) Region IV, which includes 10 states in the southeast. Created in 1969 by founding chairman Roger L. Stevens, the KCACTF is a national theater program currently involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide that serves as a catalyst for improving the quality of college theater in the United States. “I am honored to serve such a wonderful program that truly enriches the educational experience for our students,” remarked Gibson, referring to his KCACTF regional chairmanship. “It is a lot of work and time, but the benefits for our students make it worth every minute.”
According to its Web site, the KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. Through state, regional and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design. Regarding his duties as chairman for Region IV, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Gibson said, “With funding and support from the Kennedy Center, the regional chairman coordinates the adjudication of productions on the regional level.” Additionally, he noted, “In February of each year, a regional festival showcases the finest of the region's productions and offers a variety of workshops, symposia and regional award programs.” A native of Pulaski, Tenn., and a 1989 graduate of Giles County High School, Gibson joined the MTSU speech and theatre department faculty in 2002, where he teaches courses specializing in arts management and stage management and directs the theatre senior seminar. In addition to teaching, Gibson is responsible for marketing, stage management and financial management for MTSU Theatre & Dance. From 2002 to 2006, Gibson also served as chairman of the theater division of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, a program for gifted and talented high school students from across the state. Prior to joining MTSU, Gibson worked in the management department of the nationally acclaimed Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He received a master of fine arts degree in theater management/arts administration from the University of Alabama.
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