The Shenandoah Conservatory Theatre Division welcomed 700 thespian troupe members from across the state during the Virginia Thespian Festival held on the university’s main campus from Jan. 24 through Jan. 26. Director of Acting and Associate Professor of Theatre Scott Hudson, M.F.A., accepted the Excellence in Theatre Education Award for the Theatre Division given by the Virginia Thespians on Friday night before its festival production of “Rent.”
Justin Daniel ’03 (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre) was also selected as the Virginia Thespian Teacher of the Year. He was presented with the award on the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre stage during the Virginia Thespian Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25.
“The theatre program he leads is one that is inclusive in scope and one that allows for full participation from the student body. . . . Mr. Daniel currently leads one of the largest theatre programs in Loudoun County Public Schools. He has created an award-winning culture of excellence for his students that includes multiple awards from Virginia Thespians, Virginia High School League and Cappies. In addition to his accomplishments in the theatre, Mr. Daniel has established himself as a leader who is greatly respected by both colleagues and students. This is because he models professional behavior, demonstrates a passion for his craft, is a team player and is an advocate for all things theatre arts.” – Loudoun County Public Schools Performing Arts Specialist Mark Rogers
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