Topic: College of Fine Arts

May 11, 2009

Marcie Greene, a Ball State senior theater major, with an emphasis in design and technology, was selected as the most outstanding student lighting designer in the country at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Washington, D.C. Her national awards include the Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence in Lighting Design and the National O'Neill Design Fellowship.

"The Barbizon Award is the most coveted and prestigious award presented to theater design students," said Bill Jenkins, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. "Marcie was also the only student recognized by the resident artistic staff of the O'Neill Playwrights Conference during the festival."

Greene is the fifth-consecutive student from Ball State's Department of Theatre and Dance to attend the prestigious KCACTF competition. The KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities across the country with the aim of improving the quality of college theater in the United States.

"The fact that Marcie is the fifth recipient from Ball State University speaks volumes about the spectacular strength of this department," said Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora. "Awards of this caliber demonstrate that the education we provide our students is exactly what they need to succeed on a national level."

Greene attributes her success to the professors, mentors and friends within the Department of Theatre and Dance. She said she is very fortunate to have found a place where she can thrive as an artist and a developing individual.

"We are all incredibly proud of Marcie and the work she has done over her career at Ball State," Jenkins added.

After graduation, Greene plans to travel to Illinois to work as the master electrician for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Following that, she plans to move to Chicago to pursue her design career.

By Ashley Keebler