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Karrington Jackson has been chosen to join the award-winning Los Angeles Southwest College Experimental Theatre Lab for their featured presentation at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Recently, the LASC Experimental Theatre Laboratory created a new original project entitled “Criminal” which details the historic and horrific murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955. But the play explores much more than that – it delves into deeper themes of racism in American and the history of lynching black men. It creates parallels to modern-day mass incarceration and uses voice, music, and movement to weave a spell over its audience. The experimental play was created, written, directed, and produced by the students in the theatre lab at LASC. Professor Evans has dedicated a spot on the award-winning team for an Amazing Grace Conservatory student ready to take the next step towards college acting and performance. After the alliance between AGC and LASC, Professor Evans decided that each year, a spot will be offered to one or two selected students from the AGC to attend the festival with the college team. College credit will also be given for the work on the show and the festival trip.
Here is a quote from the KC/ACTF Judge concerning the work of the LASC Experimental Theatre Lab:
"Powerful storytelling which must be heard, immersive experience which will not allow you to be a passive audience member, chronicles the black experience- from the perspective of both genders-male/frightened of what will happen to them from day to day, female/mothers fearing for the son they have and for the son they will have. Amazing piece, powerful and heartbreaking, yet has a hope, with communication and really seeing each other as human beings, all things are possible. Such a beautiful cast!"
Karrington will join the LASC team for the entire trip to The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region 8 Festival which takes place Feb 11-15 and is a prestigious festival attended by most college and university departments. Region VIII of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is comprised of colleges and universities in Arizona, Central and Southern California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Guam.
Each year the KCACTF Region VIII Festival brings students and faculty together in mid-February to see one another’s work and to share ideas. In addition to performances, there is a wide range of activities that in the past have included workshops and seminars on such topics as playwriting, auditioning, voice, movement, stage combat, theater for children, scene painting, scenery construction, and so on. There are sessions for beginning theater artists and experienced faculty member.
Students, faculty, and staff who bring productions to regional festivals are encouraged to attend the entire festival. All festival participants are urged to attend productions brought by their peers, participate as audience or auditioners in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship program, and to avail themselves of the full range of workshops, symposia, and exhibits that are part of each regional festival.
Karrington will be participating in multiple programs while attending the week-long festival. Two examples are the Musical Theatre Initiative and the Next Step Auditions – both are geared towards the professional musical theatre performer. Within the Musical Theatre Initiative, students take part in musical theatre workshops and audition workshops taught by professionals and professors from musical theatre programs. Students also audition for limited slots in a cabaret show, which is assembled and rehearsed within three days and presented to the public. And there is a cash prize which will be given to the winners of the MTI Initiative. The Next Step audition is an audition for attending college programs and professional summer stock theatre companies. Students audition for entrance into college programs, and they audition for jobs in summer stock theatre. Some of the past colleges who have attended: University of California Irvine, Chapman University, Stella Adler Conservatory, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and University of Southern California (not all these colleges attend every year.) Karrington and all the LASC students will be partaking of numerous workshops as well, which in the past, have included exciting workshops in: Dance, Voice, Clowning, Acting, Masks, Improvisation, Commedia Del Arte, etc…
This enrichment opportunity allows the college student to see beyond just her/his department or community and into the larger world of professional theatre. The festival is meant to allow fellowship and exposure to new ideas and new ways of viewing theatre.
The goal of the festival is to provide college and professional contacts to the student, to enhance the learning at one’s college or university, and to learn by sharing a diverse range of theatre works from across the region of colleges. Professor Evans is excited to further explore the partnership between AGC and LASC by inviting Karrington to be the first AGC student to receive this fellowship opportunity and work alongside the LASC Experimental Theatre Lab Members.
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