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NMSU theater department honors students

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts honored five students this year for their contributions to the department and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC).


Walker, a junior majoring in theater, received an award for stage management in "The Laramie Project." She won the award in 2003 for "Dinner With Friends" and is currently stage managing the Dona Ana Lyric Opera's summer production of "Carmen."

Crystal Herman, a junior majoring in theater, received an award for costume design in "Africa A to Z."

Frankie Rentas, a senior majoring in theater, and Anthony Baker, a senior majoring in secondary education, both received an award for best supporting performance. Rentas won for his portrayal of Nicholas Beckett in "What the Butler Saw" and Baker for the character of Crooks in "Of Mice and Men."

Trey McCurley, a senior majoring in theater, received an award for best leading performance. McCurley played Dr. Rance in "What the Butler Saw."

ASTC season ticket subscribers and the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts faculty voted for the acting awards.

Morgan Aldrich, a theater graduate, received the Hershel Zohn Award based on four years of overall contributions. Aldrich received the award for acting, stage management, scholarship and student-driven creative work.