Fresno State’s theatre department received national recognition with student actors winning three awards during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, April 15-21 in Washington D.C.

Theatre majors Ryan Woods and Myles Bullock were among 16 finalists chosen from 2,000 candidates to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. Woods and Molly Kelly, Bullock’s scene partner, went home with awards.

Woods received the Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprenticeship and the National Partners of the American Theatre Classical Acting Award, which comes with an invitation to perform at the Shaw Festival in Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The awards were given for his performance with scene partner Taylor Abels, a recent graduate of Fresno State.

Molly Kelly, who performed with scene partner Bullock, won a three-week scholarship to the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Clearlake, Calif.

Fresno State’s theatre department, led by Brad Myers, has a long history of sending students to compete in the national finals, but this year the university was one of the only schools to have multiple finalists in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.

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