AMERICUS (Oct. 3, 2012)—Georgia Southwestern State University, (GSW) in collaboration with the Rylander Theatre, will host the 48th annual Georgia Theatre Conference (GTC), October 10-14, 2012. The event will bring more than 1200 people to the campus and community, including 600 students from 27 high schools and colleges around the state. 

Georgia Southwestern, Rylander host Georgia Theatre Conference Oct. 10-14

AMERICUS (Oct. 3, 2012)—Georgia Southwestern State University, (GSW) in collaboration with the Rylander Theatre, will host the 48th annual Georgia Theatre Conference (GTC), October 10-14, 2012. The event will bring more than 1200 people to the campus and community, including 600 students from 27 high schools and colleges around the state.

“It has been ten years since we last hosted GTC in Americus,” said Jeff Green, chair of GSW’s Department of Theatre, Communication and Media Arts. “We were a brand new theater program then, and I was relatively new to Georgia and just getting involved in GTC. When GTC comes to town, the town is enriched. The experience is transformative, not only for the individuals who attend and participate, but for the community as well.”

“We know there will be stars in our midst this week at the 2012 Georgia Theatre Conference,” said Heather Stanley, managing director at the Rylander. “Theatre is a collaborative art, and we at the Rylander Theatre are fortunate to have generous partnership collaborations with GSW and the City of Americus.”

GTC activities will include the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Theatre Festival and a community theatre festival in the GSW Fine Arts Theatre, the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) High School Festival at the Rylander, and a children’s theater festival in the GSW Experimental Theatre. Productions will be selected from these events to represent Georgia at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention in March 2013. SETC screening auditions for college students will be conducted in GSW’s Jackson Performance Hall.

Karan Kendricks, an actress from “The Hunger Games,” will deliver the keynote address on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Rylander. An awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on the same day and location. Americus native Fred Chappell is also a guest panelist for the conference. Chappell is head of the Master of Fine Arts Directing Program at Florida State University.

The mission of GTC is to encourage and coordinate a close relationship among the community, educational, and professional theatres in the state of Georgia; to aid in the maintaining of the highest possible quality of live theatre; and to promote and facilitate education in varied phases of the theatre. Membership is open to all individuals and groups who desire to participate in the work and programs of the Conference.

Hosting of the Georgia Theatre Conference state convention is made possible through the generous support of the Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund.

REPORTERS/EDITORS: Contact Jeff Green at (229) 931-2204 for additional information

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