Dr. Mark May,Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department
Ms. Shontelle Thrash, Director of Theatre
Ms. Candace Jones, Administrative Assistant, Phone:(678) 466-4750, Fax: (678) 466-4769
We would like to congratulate: Ashley Wright and Janeva Sibdhannie for receiving the Irene Ryan nomination from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF).
Our production of Pathways was nominated for the regional festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) and three of our actors were nominated for the Irene Ryan Award: Jenee Brown, Rachel Griffiths and Scott Hillegas.
Born in Atlanta, GA, Jenee Brown developed a love for the arts from her father. Dance is my passion, but theatre is my personality. As a child, she reenacted movie scenes with her brother. “Little did I know that would serve as the foundation for my career as a visual and performing artist. I’m more than honored to receive such recognition from Irene Ryan for my role in CSU’s Fall 2013 production, Pathways.” Jenee will complete her BA in Theatre/Minor in Psychology in the summer of 2014 and continue on to graduate school in pursuit of a M.F.A. in Acting. “In the near future, I see myself as a professor in theatre and performance studies. I’ve been in college longer than expected, but I’m elated to have found my calling. Theatre has saved my life, giving me the freedom to express myself in ways that I never imagined. I’ve had some great professors, mentors, and colleagues along the way, and I’m thankful for how a mixture of their efforts and love for what they do has molded me into a professional performer.”
Rachel Griffiths, from Stone Mountain, Georgia born and raised, is a theatre major and is expected to graduate May 2014. She is looking forward to pursuing a career in acting and touring with a theatre company.
Scott recently received his B.A. in Theatre from Clayton in Fall 2013. He is pursuing a career in theatre and film while doing stand-up comedy in and around Atlanta.