MU Theatre doctoral candidate wins national theatre awards

Xiomara Cornejo is a Salvadoran-American theatre director, designer and arts activist. Cornejo is a PhD student of Theatre and Performance Studies, and an Associate Director of the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research at University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research centers on visual performance and protest theatre across the Americas. Cornejo is the Graduate Student Representative for the American Theatre and Drama Society, and president of the Latino Graduate Professional Network at University of Missouri.    

AWARDS
For Projection Design for MU Theatre's production of Good Kids  by Naomi Iizuka  First place Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Allied Design and Technologies Regional Award 

First place United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference (USITT) Region 5, Stage Craft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) Allied Arts and Crafts 2017 Award 

Statement: I attended the KCACTF in Des Moines, Iowa in January 2017 where I presented my projection design for Good Kids under the Allied Arts and Crafts category. I was awarded first place out of all the contestants within that category for Region V. As part of my award, I was invited to attend the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conference in St. Louis, along with the other first place winners from other regions throughout the United States. We displayed our work and presented our designs to a new panel of correspondents/judges. Out all of the first place regional winners, I won first place again! This time I received the SILV Allied Arts and Crafts 2017 award and a two-month tuition fellowship to attend Stage Craft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) this summer. SILV is an intensive training program for students from around the world to meet, learn from, and network with leading experts in live entertainment who are committed to sharing their experience with the next generation.

Xiomara Cornejo