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School of Theatre & Dance wins award

School of Theatre and Dance

On August 26, the School of Theatre and Dance was awarded “Best College Theatre” by the Houston Press for the second year in a row. Professor of design Kevin Rigdon was also awarded “Best Set Design” for his set from “Clybourne Park.” | Monica Tso/The Daily Cougar

Ending its summer season on a high note, the School of Theatre & Dance was awarded “Best College Theatre” by the Houston Press for the second year in a row on August 26th at the Houston Theatre Awards ceremony.

“It’s an honor to have Houston Press acknowledge our school’s focus on pushing our students in a variety of styles and genres as we work to develop them into strong, capable theater artists with bold visions,” said Jim Johnson, the director of Theatre & Dance.

Johnson, along with professors Jack Young and Kevin Rigdon, accepted the award on behalf of the School of Theatre & Dance.

“It was a great opportunity to connect with a number of Houston theater professionals and to celebrate Houston theater,” Johnson said.

According to the Houston Press, UH’s theater productions were brilliant, and where some faltered, the effort and intention remained noble. The award was well earned for distinguished successes, for providing a wealth of theatrical variety and for gracing the Houston theater scene with the UH theater department’s towering presence.

Rigdon, professor of design for the School of Theatre & Dance, also won “Best Set Design” for the set of “Clybourne Park.”

Many of the theater faculty, staff and students also received recognition for their talented efforts.

The School of Theatre & Dance has had great successes in the Houston community, and Johnson intends to continue moving forward.

“Our program has to be instrumental in contributing to the overall theater scene in Houston; it’s our job to provide the next generation and drive Houston theater,” Johnson said. “We’re doing everything we can to live up to that.  I’m proud of our students and of our program.”

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