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Students of New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts receive awards

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts presented awards to outstanding theater students Tuesday, May 6.


Nominees for the awards included all students involved in productions from last season's "Antigone" through this year's "Dinner With Friends."

Best Leading Performance was awarded to Jeremy Gwin, a Las Cruces native graduating this month with a major in theater. Gwin won for his performance as the father in "Six Characters in Search of an Author."

Best Supporting Performance went to Ashley Foster for her role as the lovesick Ilona Ritter in the musical "She Loves Me." This role was Foster's first with New Mexico State's Department of Theatre Arts.

Sophomore Brenda Walker received the award for Best Stage Manager and recent graduate John Burke won for Best Assistant Director for his work on "Antigone."

Santino Jiminez won the Hershel Zohn Award for overall contributions to the Department of Theatre Arts. Jiminez's contributions include assisting the department and fellow students, academic achievements and time spent on and off stage as an actor and a carpenter. He currently works as an actor in Chicago.

The Theatre Arts Awards are designed to acknowledge contributions to both theater at New Mexico State and in Las Cruces. This was the first year for all awards except the Hershel Zohn Award, which has been given since 2001. Season ticket subscribers were invited to vote in the acting categories and the remainder of the awards were voted on by theater faculty and staff.