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Professor wins Children's New Script Award

New Mexico State University associate theater arts professor Ruth E. Cantrell was awarded the Children's New Script Award at the annual Southwest Theatre Association Conference.


Her script, "The Stonecutter/El Cantero," follows the life of an Aztec stonecutter who doesn't feel his job is important, so the stonecutter's guardian angel changes him into various characters including an emperor, the sun, the rain, the wind, a mountain and then a stonecutter once again.

"It teaches children that we are each important and have something to contribute to the world," Cantrell said.

"The Stonecutter" is written for children ages 6-12.

The STA conference is an opportunity for members to learn ways to promote theater, as well as discuss new information and technology, according to Scott Klein, STA vice-president of promotion.

Founded in 1934, the STA is now the oldest regional theater association in the United States. It is comprised of theaters from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.