Theatre student awarded scholarship for original music composition

Anthony Thompson receives Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Award

Miami University student, Anthony Thompson, a 2nd year theatre major, was recently awarded a Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Award at the USITT 56th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Salt Lake City in March, 2016.

Thompson entered his original compositions for Miami’s recent theatre production of In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play into the KCACTF Allied Design and Technologies Award Program as part of the Region III Festival that took place in January, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The event encompasses all technical theatre craft that is not considered scenic, costume, lighting, sound design, or management. The festival allows students to enter their work on University productions into various festival events. The students are able to be seen on a national stage and explore the wider world of theater, outside Miami and Oxford. 

While there, the panel of theater professionals viewed his work as the strongest.

“Anthony's presentation showed his passion and excitement he has for his work. The respondents reacted to the sophistication of Anthony's work, and the clear love he had for using his musical ability to help tell the story of the play,” said Gion DeFrancesco, Associate Professor and Scenic Designer in Miami’s theatre department.

“The panel then selected Anthony to represent the region (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio) in Salt Lake City where he presented his work against seven other regional finalists. Thompson will be attending an 8-week series of summer workshops in Las Vegas at the Stagecraft Institute thanks to the scholarship he was awarded for his work.