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Westfield State University student earns national honor at college theater festival

Westfield State University senior Madeleine Hebert was among 125 outstanding theater students nationwide selected at the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) to represent this region April 6-10 at the KCACTF National Festival 2020 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. There, she will present her work to some of the industry’s top designers while meeting and networking with other regional facilities and attending productions at professional theaters in the nation’s capital.

Hebert, a Framingham native majoring in design and technology theater arts, was among 21 Westfield State students who attended the Region 1 KCACTF Jan. 29–Feb. 2 in West Barnstable, Mass., where they participated in competitions for acting, musical theater, directing, and design technology, as well as a job fair and open auditions for New England’s summer theater programs.

KCACTF’s Region 1 is comprised of colleges and universities in New England and eastern New York.  

“I am thrilled,” Hebert said. “I am so excited to return to D.C. for lighting, which is my passion. I cannot wait to grow and learn from the other finalists and mentors. KCACTF has reminded me that I love creating and working on this art form, and I look forward to trying to do it for the rest of my life.”

Hebert also received the KCACTF/Barbizon Award for Excellence in Lighting for her lighting design for the spring 2019 Westfield State Theatre Arts Program’s production of “The Tempest.” In addition, Hebert won a scholarship to attend The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, Nev., a one-of-a-kind intensive training program for students from around the world to meet, learn from, and network with leading experts in live entertainment.

“Maddy’s growth as a theater artist has been recognized by professionals from regional theaters and New York City,” said James McNamara, Westfield State University associate professor of lighting and sound design. “Few students have presented their work on a national level, and we are incredibly proud to have Maddy represent a small focused undergraduate B.A. Theater Arts Program alongside major bachelor and master of fine arts programs.” McNamara described Hebert as a passionate, talented, and driven student.