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Linfield student, Kirkland resident earns drama honors

A Linfield College theatre student and Kirkland resident has been recognized for outstanding work by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Freshman Madilyn Bechtel received a certificate of merit for her work as the stage manager of “Ajax in Iraq.” Bechtel also won a summer institute trip to Las Vegas, Nev., this summer for additional stage management training.

“The reason we go to this festival is to allow our students to see the broad range of opportunities available to them once they finish college and to make connections with professionals working in theatre,” said Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts. “We also feel that regardless of size, our theatre program and educational process is strong enough to compete with schools that have bigger programs, more students and greater resources. The recognition of our students attests to this.”

The festival is an annual drama conference that provides Northwest theatre students with the opportunity to attend workshops, performances and seminars on a variety of theatrical topics including directing, acting and design.

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