Three students at Rogers State University have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Awards through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
RSU students Joshua Buehler of Oologah, Tina Davis of Vinita and Katie Hendrickson of Pryor were nominated for their roles in the RSU theatre production of “Nickel and Dimed.” RSU professor Denny Schmickle also received an award for excellence in poster and program design for the production.
Buehler is a 2004 graduate of Oologah-Talala High School, and is a junior at RSU, where he is a communications major. He is the president of the RSU Student Theatre Organization and a member the RSU Student Broadcast Association. He also is the co-host of “Josh and Misti in the Morning” on RSU Radio.
Davis is a junior majoring in liberal arts. She is a 1986 graduate of Vinita High School and is a member of the RSU Student Theatre Organization.
Hendrickson is a 2005 graduate of Pryor High School and a sophomore at RSU. She is a communications major. She is the secretary of the RSU Student Theatre Organization.
“Nickel and Dimed” was RSU’s first entry in Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and received the maximum number of Irene Ryan Scholarship Award nominations.
The Irene Ryan awards are a celebration of excellence in acting among college students named for the late Irene Ryan, who is best known as “Grandma” on the “Beverly Hillbillies.” Each year, 19 scholarships are awarded to the winners of the regional and national competitions. In addition, fellowships are awarded to students, allowing them to attend the Margolis Method Summer Intensive in Minneapolis, the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, the Mad River Festival and the Sundance Theatre Laboratory.
RSU nominees will compete in region six of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which will be held at Tulsa Community College in February 2007.