UT Theatre and Film Department faculty member wins national award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 by: Angela Riddel | Category: Arts and Entertainment

Matt Foss, assistant professor of theatre with The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film, has won a national playwrighting award. His adaptation of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is the recipient of the Kennedy Center's David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award. The play was performed at the University last November. The award includes a cash prize, membership in the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, an invitation to attend the National Festival at the Kennedy Center, April 16-20, and a professional development residency during summer 2019. Foss will accept his award during the festival. In 2016, Foss’s touring production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE performed at Russia’s Moscow Art Theatre. He adapted and directed Upton Sinclair’s THE JUNGLE for Oracle Productions in Chicago in 2014. The production received Chicago Jeff Award Nominations for Outstanding Production, Director, Ensemble, and won for best new adaptation. In 2012 his production of SIX CHARACTERS at Iowa State University received the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's National Award for Outstanding Production of a Play and Outstanding Director of a Play. He was a recipient of the ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovative Teaching in 2013. Foss received his MFA in acting from Chicago’s Roosevelt University and PhD in theatre studies and directing from Wayne State University in Detroit. Recent professional credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Oracle Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, American Blues Theatre, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, and Tipping Point Theatre. About The David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award Supported by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and Dramatic Publishing Company, The David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award is presented in an effort to promote the writing and production of new plays while honoring and perpetuating the memory of David Mark Cohen, Professor of Playwriting, the University of Texas-Austin. Developed by the Playwriting Program of ATHE and the National Playwriting Program of KCACTF, the award is intended to provide incentive to college and university theatre production departments to foster the growth and development of playwrights through the public presentations of unpublished full-length plays or a collection of shorter works for the stage that have not received a professional production. More information here.

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