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UNI theatre student receives top honors in Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival<br>

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Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director and theatre publicist, (319) 273-6387
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Valerie Johnson, a graduate student in the Department of Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa, took top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) in Washington, D.C., last month.

Johnson, a native of Melbourne, won the 'Best Ten-Minute Play' award for her play, 'Your Typical, Everyday, Lighthearted, Romantic Comedy,' written while she was an undergraduate theatre major at UNI. Her play was chosen in January at the Region V Festival in Lincoln, Neb., to be presented at the national festival.

In addition to a cash award, her play will be published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. She also received a fellowship at Dad's Garage in Atlanta, where the play will be produced in January 2003. It also is being considered, along with other 10-minute plays from the festival, for production at the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Johnson received her B.A. degree in theatre from UNI in May 2001. Her play was performed locally as part of the University's Arts in April celebration.

UNI's Department of Theatre will host the Region V KC/ACTF in January 2003. Jay Edelnant, UNI professor of theatre, just completed a three-year term as the national chair of KC/ACTF.