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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 17, 2004

UI Stage Management Student Wins National Theater Award

Rachael King, a graduate student in the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts' stage management program, is the winner of the 2005 Management Award in the Young Designers & Technicians honors from the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT).

The Management Award, sponsored by Stage Decoration & Supplies, Inc., "is awarded to a young stage manager who has demonstrated excellence or outstanding potential in the area of stage management in the performing arts while pursuing a graduate degree."

King, who is from Fordwich, Ontario, Canada, was nominated for the award by UI faculty member James Birder.

In addition to working on a variety of UI productions -- most recently University Theatres' production of "The Good Person of Setzuan" -- King was assistant stage manager at the Huron County Playhouse in Toronto, Canada, last summer.

USITT's Awards for Young Designers & Technicians include honors in technical production, sound, lighting, scene design, costume design, make-up design and scenic technology, as well as stage management.

USITT is the association of design, production and technology professionals in the American performing arts and entertainment industries.

The Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu.