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Release: May 11, 2001

Iowa Playwrights Workshop students win national playwriting honors in ACTF

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Graduate-student playwrights Jeannine Coulombe and Kirsten Greenidge, members of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop in the University of Iowa department of theatre arts, were honored in the 2001 national competition of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF), sponsored by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Coulombe’s "The Vacant Lot" won the National AIDS Fund/CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award for Playwriting. The award includes a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to the A.S.K. Theatre Projects Common Ground Festival in Los Angeles as a playwriting fellow. In addition, Dramatic Publishing Company will present her with an offer of a contract to publish, license and market the play.

"Feeding Beatrice" by Greenidge was named the alternate in the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award and was also the second place winner in the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, an honor which carries a cash prize of $1,000 for Greenidge and a $500 grant to the UI department of theatre arts.

The UI department of theatre arts is among the most-honored programs in the history of ACTF, a national organization that promotes and honors excellence in college theater, receiving many of the organization’s highest honors in playwriting, design, acting and production. The UI was the inaugural winner of an award for support of student playwrights. administered by ACTF for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

ACTF serves more than 18,000 students at more than 600 U.S. colleges and universities. The organization’s stated goals are: to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs; to provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight and achieve professionalism; to improve the quality of college and university theater in America; to encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students, the classics, revitalized or newly conceived, and experimental works.

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