FESTIVAL FACULTY AND TEACHING AWARDS
FESTIVAL WEEK ACTIVITIES
DESIGN, TECH, MGMT
FACULTY & TEACHING AWARDS
PERSONNEL, FACULTY & GUESTS
PLAYWRITING, DRAMATURGY, ITJA (REVIEWS)
PRODUCTIONS, SCENES, & TICKETS
STUDENT PRODUCTION LEADERSHIP
WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MSP EXCURSIONS
The Kennedy Center Medallion
Connections with these companies secured her acting work at the Old Creamery Theatre, Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop, Webbed Foot Players in NYC, and with three separate national touring companies out of Houston, Texas.
Taking a break from the road, she accepted a one-year sabbatical replacement gig with the Luther College Theatre Department. During that seminal experience, the love of the theatre in higher education really took hold. That year she directed highly successful productions of Cabaret and Fifth of July and secured relationships with friends and colleagues that continue to this day. It was clear that a career as a college professor was in her future. Cory has now served as a professor of theatre at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA since 1989, with additional stints at Augustana College and The University of Minnesota.
As an actress and current company member of the The Curtainbox Theatre she has been seen as Virginia in Three Viewings, Aunt Julia in Hedda Gabler, and as Virginia in W;t (under the direction of Broadway director, Phil McKinley). She has also performed at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City and numerous times at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse. Cory will be playing the Duchess of York in Richard III this spring.
Favorite directing experiences include: Private Lives, A Streetcar Named Desire, Pippin, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Tempest, and the world premiere of former student Seth Kaltwasser’s play, TUG: This Untoward Generation at Festival Theatre. This summer she will serve as Associate Artistic Director in the debut season of The Mississippi Bend Players (MBP), a new summer stock based in Rock Island, IL .
Her relationship with KCACTF goes all the way back to college when she was an Irene Ryan Nominee and spent a very cold week at the festival, that year, in Duluth, MN. Since then she has been fortunate to be named as a KCACTF “Road Warrior” and invited to bring her production of Anton in Showbusiness to the regional festival. She has also served as Region V in many administrative roles: Production Respondent, Selection Team, Workshop Coordinator, Irene Ryan Prelim Judge, Assistant Irene Ryan Coordinator, Irene Ryan Coordinator, Musical Theatre Intensive Coordinator, and this year as the Directing Initiative Coordinator.
However and without a doubt, Cory considers her biggest claims to fame to be her many wonderful students. And, through the amazing benefits of KCACTF, she was honored to have been able to accompany three Irene Ryans, one slam poet, one director and one stage manager to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
She lives in Davenport with her very patient and understanding husband, Don and their two ill-behaved dogs.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS
Since 2002, Dr. Carver has served as the artistic director and founder of the Life and Literature in Performance Series which gives fully-staged performances of original, adapted and devised student works. Together with their colleagues in the department, Crespy and Carver's MU Theatre students have written, performed, directed, and designed new works for the stage from the university to the KCACTF regional festival and at the national festival. New play development continues to thrive today as a full department endeavor with current MU faculty directors and designers: Dr. Cheryl Black, Dr, Suzanne Burgoyne, Dr. Kevin Brown, Professor Brad Carlson. Professor Jon Drtina, Dr. Cat Gleason, and Dr. Claire Syler.
Numerous MU Theatre students have written plays that have received awards from KCACTF over the years. Recent MU Theatre student original plays performed at the Region 5 festival include Nights on A Couch by Matt Fotis, directed by Noah Lelek in 2012, The Lost Slipper by Amanda Newman, directed by Carrie Winship in 2013, and Sleeping With Hitler by Aaron Scully, directed by Professor Jon Drtina in 2015.
Previous Region 5 Recipients (since 1993/Festival 25): Rick Anderson, Traci Armagost, Jeff Barker, Karen Barker, Jim Bartruff, Carol Blitgen, Brad Buffum, Anne Byrd, Joyce Cavarozzi, David Crespy, Ebony Theatre at Kansas State, Jay Edelnant, Patrick Gouran, Jim Greer, Eric Hagen, Priscilla Hagen, Gregg Henry, Richard Herman, Paul Hustoles, Tom Isbell, Jim Lane, Paul Lim, Roger Moon, Allyson Moon, Harry Parker, Jack Parkhurst, Jim Peterson, Beate Pettigrew, Kathy Pryor, Clyde Ruffin, Jeri Schelhaas, Ed See, Sharon Sobel, Linda Starkey, Janice Stauffer, David Thayer, Delbert Unruh, Bob Welk, Tom Woldt.
The Region 5 "Road Warrior Award": The on-site response is the heart and soul of the KCACTF mission, and every weekend many of our colleagues donate their time and talents toward that mission. Respondents are nominated by the school receiving the 'response', and then the Region 5 Executive Committee reviews nominations to choose the recipient/s. Considerations include: Did the person exhibit truly exceptional commitment to KCACTF through their oral response, their professionalism, their collegiality, their flexibility, their efficient travel and punctuality, their willingness to go above and beyond the normal expectations of serving as a respondent? This award was instituted in 2006/7, Festival 39.
2015 Road Warriors
Sheila Tabaka, Southwest Minnesota State University
Jay Edelnant from University of Northern Iowa
Previous Recipients (instituted 2007): Rick Anderson, Jim Bartruff, Sean Byrd, Brad Carlson, Patrick Carriere, David Crespy, Brad Dell, Matt Foss, Cat Gleason, Tom Heiman, Robert Hubbard, Sara Ice, Cory Johnson, Kristin Larson, Ryan Morehead, Amanda Petefish-Schrag, Julie (Pratt) Mollenkamp, Sharon Sobel, Tom Woldt, Daniel Yurgaitis.
Association for Theater in Higher Ed (ATHE) Innovative Teaching Award for Faculty:
Award recipients will receive a plaque, a one year membership in ATHE and free registration to the 2016 ATHE Conference.
Tory Depew, University of Central Missouri
Previous Recipients (instituted 2013): Siobhan Bremer, Brad Carlson, Matt Foss, Ann Wilkinson
Association for Theater in Higher Ed (ATHE) Innovative Teaching Award for Grad Students.
Award recipients will receive a plaque, a one year membership in ATHE and free registration to the 2016 ATHE Conference
Aaron Scully, University of Missouri
Previous Recipient: Carrie Winship