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SCAD performing arts seniors Max Reinhardsen and Ivey Lowe have won the Irene Ryan National Audition at the Southeastern Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, each earning a $500 scholarship and a trip to the Kennedy Center in April to perform at the National Festival for a chance to win a variety of awards, scholarships and apprenticeships.
"This win is a testament to the incredible support of SCAD administration and the tireless work of the performing arts staff and faculty and the talent of our world-class students," said Michael Wainstein, chair of the performing arts department. "Professor Sharon Ott led the preparation of the students and deserves special praise for her incredible commitment to our student's success and the many hours she committed to them."
Last year, SCAD performing arts senior Daniel Molina won the national finals from among thousands of auditions nationwide.
"Given the fact that we've won the same competition two years in a row, SCAD was the talk of the festival," said Wainstein. "No other school at the competition could make that claim."
In April, Reinhardsen and Lowe will perform in front of a panel of leading artistic directors, actors, producers and casting agents. Two $3,000 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships will be awarded, along with other prizes including a scholarship and residency with the renowned Shaw Festival, an apprenticeship with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and a fellowship working and traveling with the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships have provided recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers.
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