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Kennedy Center Recognizes HFC Theatre Arts

The Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) recently recognized Henry Ford College (HFC) Theatre Arts instructor/technical director Gerry Dzuiblinski and HFC alumni Samantha York and Timothy Pollock for their work on the College’s 2013 production of “Ruined.”

Dzuiblinski received a Certificate of Merit for his scenic design for “Ruined.” York and Pollock received a Certificate of Merit each for their slideshow design for “Ruined.” Currently, York is in her junior year at Wayne State University, where she is a student in the Acting Program. Pollock is in his junior year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“(It is an honor to be recognized in this highly collaborative art form. I want to thank the show's director, Chris Bremer, the Director of Theatre Dr. George Popovich, and all the students and alumni who have contributed to the creativity and quality of this department. ,” said Dzuiblinski, who has been a member of the HFC faculty for 26 years.
Written by Lynn Nottage, “Ruined” won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. This haunting, probing work is about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman trying to survive in a land torn apart by civil war.

HFC’s production of “Ruined” was entered on the participating level in the KCACTF, whose mission is to identify and promote quality in college-level theatre production. To this end, each production entered is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF representative, and selected students and faculty are invited to participate in KCACTF programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.

Productions entered on the participating level are eligible for invitation to the KCACTF regional festival and may also be considered for national awards recognizing outstanding achievement in production, design, direction and performance.
HFC was last honored as a regional winner in the KCACTF in 2004 with its production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” directed by Dr. George Popovich.

“The KCACTF is a way of having theatre professionals evaluate our shows and letting us know where we stand. The standards are extremely high; most of the colleges involved are 4-year schools,” said Dr. George Popovich, HFC Director of Theatre.

The KCACTF is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.