July 1, 2011 / For Release Upon Receipt
UNCSA D&P GRADUATE WINS AWARD FOR LIGHTING DESIGN OF THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Drama Dean Gerald Freedman Nominated for Directing the Production
WINSTON-SALEM – Travis McHale, a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, has received an award from the Connecticut Critics Circle for his lighting design of The Diary of Anne Frank, which was produced last fall at the prestigious Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Conn.
In addition to Best Lighting Design, the production received four nominations, including Best Play, Best Set Design, and Best Director for Gerald Freedman, UNCSA’s Dean of Drama. Freedman was notified of his nomination last month while recovering from a stroke he suffered in February.
McHale received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005 from UNCSA’s School of Design and Production.
The cast also included Drama alumna Lauren Culpepper (2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting). Senior Drama directing majors Andy Madson, Sam Mandlebaum, Drew Perrin, Harry Poster and Danielle Rennalls were interns on the production.
Since 1990, the Connecticut Critics Circle -- a statewide organization of reviewers, feature writers, columnists, and broadcasters -- has honored actors, directors, designers and others who work in professional theatre in the state.
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