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B-CU Students Sweep NADSA Conference Awards

LaDoris McLaney School of Performing Arts and Communication Students Sweep NADSA Conference AwardsB-CU Theater Troupe 1904 had a history-making showing at the 83rd Annual Conference of the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA) hosted by Coppin State University in Baltimore. NADSA is an association of over 300 students, faculty, staff and other arts/entertainment professionals from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the United States. “The amazing success of our students is a powerful reflection of the talent, gifts, and hard work of all of our students. They were excellent ambassadors for B-CU,” according to Dr. Julius John, Director of Theatre. A special thank you to Mr. Jason Hood, Production Coordinator and Professor Carla Lester, who also serve as NADSA Executive Board members," Dr. John added.

Founded in 1936, NADSA is the nation's oldest-surviving educational theatre association. The conference held on April 3 - 6, 2019, featured a series of workshops, competitions, performances, and panels. Theatre and Speech Communication enthusiasts attending NADSA had an opportunity to network, build skill sets, and share best practices of the arts/entertainment industry.

B-CU students earned awards and recognition in the following categories:

1st Place in Reader’s Theatre - B-CU Theater Troupe 1904

1st Place in the Allen Williams Play Festival - HEAVY - An original play by Denzel Smith a junior and directed by Nia McConico also a junior. Both are majors in the Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Dance.

2nd Place in Persuasive Speaking - LaVencia Walker

2nd Place in Oral Interpretation of Poetry - Ashlyn Denson

3rd Place in Duo-Acting - Ashlyn Denson and Jacqualyn Townsend

3rd Place in S. Randolph Edmonds Playwriting Competition - LaVencia Walker, Saints Baptist

3rd Place in Oral Interpretation of Prose - Jacqualyn Townsend

All Star Cast Members Award - Denzel Smith and DeJuana Grace

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