MARCH 10, 2004

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SWOSU theatre professor to be honored in Washington, D.C.


SWOSU theatre professor Steve Strickler will be one of eight theatre directors from across the nation who will be recognized in Washington D.C. in April.

Steve Strickler of Southwestern Oklahoma State University's Department of Language Arts in Weatherford, has been chosen as one of eight directors from across the nation to be honored in Washington D. C. at the Kennedy Center for his contribution to theatre education.

Strickler was chosen from Region VI, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, to be honored at the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival on April 11-17.

The award, according to Language Arts Department Chair Jill Jones, is based on directing ability, commitment to educational theatre, and commitment to the mission of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The KCACTF's mission is to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theatre programs.

Strickler has been actively involved in KCACTF for 20 years as a student and as a faculty member. Last fall's SWOSU production of Blood Knot was the third production he has directed that has advanced to the regional level in KCACTF competition. Others were The Cover of Life and Medea: A Noh Cycle Drama Based on the Greek Myth.

Strickler has had six productions nominated for regional advancement and has been an Irene Ryan Respondent on the regional level for 13 years. He served for three years as the Oklahoma Vice-Chair and two years as the Oklahoma State Chair.

Strickler has been on the Communication Arts faculty at SWOSU for 12 years. He has a Master of Arts in theatre from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Arts in speech/theatre education from SWOSU.

Contact: Brian Adler, 1-580-774-3063