Posting Date: October 27, 2010

Theatre grad honored by Kennesaw State
Becky Peters receives KSU Alumni Achievement Award

By Cheryl Anderson Brown

 

Several KSU theatre colleagues came out to support Becky Peters at the awards reception. (From right) Fellow graduate John Tucker (theatre & performance studies, 2008), Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies Jane Barnette and John Gentile, chair of the Department of Theatre &

Performance Studies.

 

Photo by Sarah Singleton

Becky Peters (theatre, 1996) was honored by the KSU Alumni Association with an Alumni Achievement Award during Homecoming 2010. To accept the award, Peters traveled from Washington, D.C., where she is the artistic director of Wandering Souls, a nonprofit theatre company she co-founded a couple years ago to bring theatre to those with little or no access to the arts.

Peters was selected to receive the award because her work exemplifies Kennesaw State’s commitment to excellence and to service. Not only has she had an exemplary career as an actor and as an arts administrator, she also has made time to be of service to the community through Wandering Souls, which uses the Tolkien quote, “Not all who wander are lost.” The audiences served by Wandering Souls include people in shelters, detention centers, nursing homes, schools and community centers. The company also offers pay-what-you-can public performances in order to remove any obstacles between individuals and the theatre.

Last year, the Wandering Souls production of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” was funded in part by the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The production was presented in 13 different locations, including churches, schools and community centers. The 2010 production is Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” It is completely booked with a waiting list for a possible extension into 2011.

Not only has the company made an impact on the audiences (one staff member at a homeless shelter wrote, “This is such a great project and it certainly brought joy and dignity into the lives of our Overnight Guests, even if just for one evening.”), but it has always made a difference in the lives of the performers. One actor wrote that he was deeply moved, particularly performing for people in transitional housing and in a youth detention center: “I felt they were our two best audiences. They laughed and were so very attuned to the arc of a story seemingly so far from their circumstances yet connecting to the universal themes of chasing a dream, addressing hardships & adversity and moving forward to reach one's goals while keeping a clear eye on the present.”

 

 

 

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