Release date: March 16, 2007
KSU student will compete in national design competition
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KENNESAW, Ga.—Cartersville native Erik Teague, a Kennesaw State University senior, recently won the American College Theatre Festival regional award for best costume design for the second year in a row. This entitles him to compete for the national Barbizon Award at the Kenneday Center in Washington, D.C. in April. Teague won the Barbizon Award last year. If he wins again this year, he will be the first person to earn back-to-back honors.
“It's not unprecedented for someone to win the region two years in a row," says Teague's theatre design professor and mentor Jamie Bullins, who himself won back-to-back regionals in the mid-1990s, "but it is unusual for an undergraduate student to win these top awards."
This year, Teague is competing with his designs from "Urinetown," a mainstage musical production that satirizes the economic disparities in today's society. To meet this challenge, Teague developed a modern look at the 1930s, a style he calls "neo-Weimar" that harkens back to the German theatrical influences of people like Bertholt Brecht.
Bullins, who has helped Teague secure professional design jobs while assigning him KSU productions, sees a bright future for Teague, who plans to attend graduate school after taking a little time off to work on some more professional projects, like "The Last Night at Ballyhoo" which he recently designed for Georgia Ensemble Theatre and for which he earned a nod from the theatre critic at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Nevertheless, Teague remains humble. He plans to attend as many workshops as he can when he competes at the Kennedy Center in April and to spend a lot of time looking at his competitiors' work. "I get inspired by their process."
Afterwards, win or lose, Teague will return to Kennesaw State to design one more show, "Pajama Game," in the fall before he graduates in December.
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