UW-La Crosse is an active participant in the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival. Since Fall 1999, UW-La Crosse Theatre faculty and students have been recognized at the Irene Ryan Acting Competition and received Certificates of Merit in the areas of directing, design, and stage management. Our critically-acclaimed productions of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2011) and Metamorphoses (2004) were chosen to perform at the regional festival competition. Student Garrett Flood received the Outstanding Actor Award for his portrayal of Judas in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot along with the entire cast receiving a Certificate of Merit for the performance. Mary Leonard (faculty) received the Regional Award of Merit for Directing for Metamorphoses and William Clow (faculty) received the Regional Award of Merit for Lighting Design for that production as well.
UWL Theatre students continue to receive awards for their design and management skills. Most recently, Justin Schmitz was selected to compete at the ACTF Kennedy Center finals for his sound design for the productionEurydice. Anna Wooden was a semi-finalist at the regional level for her costume designs for the production, From Up Here. Students and faculty have been recognized for their scenic, costume and lighting designs and stage management each year at the American College Theatre Festival.
Theatre students at UW-La Crosse have also been highly successful in the undergraduate research competition in which grants are provided to support undergraduate and international research and creative activities. Students have written proposals and received full funding to research theatre topics including directing a production, studying theatre in London, Russia, Vientam, India and Africa, and writing a script.