Department faculty recognize students annually with the following honors, each of which includes a monetary award:
- Kathy Glockner Arts Alliance Award for Theater Excellence
- Torre M. Meringolo Theater Award
- Joanne Klein Memorial Award
Arts Alliance Awards
Underwritten by the St. Mary’s College Arts Alliance, a community-based organization supporting the arts at St. Mary’s College, the Arts Alliance Awards for Theater Excellence and for Excellence in Film and Media Studies are awarded each year by the faculty in TFMS to two students from the junior or senior class who have demonstrated excellence in coursework, production activities, and community service.
Kathy Glockner Arts Alliance Award for Theater Excellence
Established in 1992 by the Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland to recognize excellence in theater. In 2009, it was named in honor of Kathy Glockner, Arts Alliance chair from 2003-2008.
Rebecca Weber ‘20
Madeleine Regina Barry, Kelsey Hancock, R. Austin Gore, Emily Maginnis, Briana Manente, Chris Murk, Liz Porter, Ian Prince, Hannah Lee Sturm
Torre M. Meringolo Theater Award
Established in 2009 by former St. Mary’s College Vice President Torre Meringolo, the Torre M. Meringolo Theater Award will be awarded each year by the faculty in TFMS to a junior or senior who exhibits great promise in acting. Particular consideration for the award will be given to first-generation students.
Jeremiah Pearl ‘20
Lisa Davidson, Lakeshia Ferebee, Jazzie Gray, Tobias Franzen, Nick Huber, Kyndall Rhaney, Kelsey Saunders, Ebony Squire
Joanne Klein Memorial Award
Established in 2017 by Mark A. Rhoda, the Joanne Klein Memorial Award will be awarded each year by the faculty in TFMS to a junior or senior majoring or minoring in theater, film, and media studies who has conducted scholarly and/or creative work in live or screen media, especially in the area of socially engaged art.
McKenna Johnson ‘21
Maggie Foust, Mitch Vicieux
Arts Alliance Award for Excellence in Film and Media Studies
Established in 2008 by the Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland to recognize a junior or senior film and media studies major for artistic accomplishment in the studio or academic excellence in the classroom.
Kate Schwichtenberg ‘20
Eli Ayres, Michael Barrett, Maria Duke, Kevin Glotfelty/Dirk Dupre, Ryan Gugerty, Dylan Hadfield, Molly Hubbs, Kevin Koeser, Judy Sellner, Emily Sillcox
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Awards
During any year the department is a member of KCACTF, students are eligible to receive certificate of achievement awards or acting nominations from adjudicating members of the American College Theatre Festival for work on main stage productions entered in the Festival. Student designers and stage managers are honored by the adjudicators with certificate of achievement awards for excellence in technical theater, and student actors are honored with acting nominations that permit performers to attend regional acting competitions with other KCACTF award recipients in various acting categories.
In addition to certificate of achievement awards for lighting and sound designs, acting, and stage direction, departmental productions have twice been selected to perform at regional competitions.
In fall 2013, Laughing at Life: A Performance of Kyôgen Plays, directed by professor Holly A. Blumner, was selected by KCACTF as one of eight entries in its region II competition of plays held at Towson University in Towson, MD.
In 2001, the department’s production of Naga-Mandala: Play with a Cobra was also selected by KCACTF as an entry in its region II competition held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. That year, Naga-Mandala was one of five shows selected to perform and compete in Pittsburgh. The show received acting nominations from KCACTF adjudicators; it also received certificate of achievement awards for emerita professor Merideth Taylor’s stage direction and co-sound design and for student work in scenic sculpture, mime, and ensemble performing.