Theatre again claims ACTF ‘handtruck,’ and team tech honors

Four trips to the Great Lakes region’s college theatre festival this decade, four “Golden Handtruck” awards for the UW-Green Bay Theatre program. The latest came last weekend in Saginaw, Mich., for behind-the-scenes technical work on the entry “The Balkan Women.” The award is coveted as the festival’s team honor, recognizing the entire company for technical work and professionalism in getting set, lighting, sound system, costumes and props ready for the performance, and then taken down afterward. (It’s a unique challenge in that most college programs rarely leave their home theatres to take a show on the road.) For more on UW-Green Bay’s latest ACTF honor, and quotes from Prof. Mike Ingraham, click here.

Two students receive individual ACTF honors
Two UW-Green Bay student crewmembers received individual honors at the festival. “Balkan Women” assistant director Matt Fayfer, a senior from Appleton, won the best director for the 10-minute Play Festival Contest. He worked with and directed student actors from other universities in a short “on-the-spot-like” production. April Smet, a senior from Fond du Lac, was a finalist in the lighting design competition. Smet was the lighting director for “The Balkan Women.”