Local students earn spots in New South Young Playwrights Festival

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 20‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University students Matthew LaStar of…

Georgia (Jun 20, 2007) — Local students earn spots in New South Young Playwrights Festival

Cheryl Anderson Brown

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 20‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University students Matthew LaStar of Cartersville and Lark Hylton of Marietta recently won spots in the New South Young Playwrights Festival in Atlanta. LaStar is an interdisciplinary studies major in playwriting and screenwriting and Hylton is a theatre and performance studies major. They study with KSU instructor of playwriting Margaret Baldwin.

Students from all over the Southeast submitted plays and only 20 students were chosen to participate in the festival‚ a week−long intensive study program at the Horizon Theatre Company. Students were challenged to create short plays and engage in workshops‚ seminars and rehearsals with theater professionals. The festival culiminated in a staged reading of student plays by professional actors on June 2

Last year‚ another KSU student‚ Tai Courtney of Kennesaw‚ also won the chance to participate in the New South Young Playwrights Festival.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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