National Theater Group Pays Tribute to Original UW-La Crosse 9/11 Play


LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A UW-La Crosse 9/11 play received numerous awards from a national group on Thursday.

“Severe Clear: 9/11 from Memory to History.”

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Committee honored UW-La Crosse’s Department of Theater Arts for the original documentary drama, “Severe Clear: September 11 from Memory to History.” The teachers and students wrote the piece and premiered it in October 2020.

The Kennedy Center committee awarded the production the Citizen Artist Awards for Special Achievement in the Production of a New York, Special Achievement in the Production of a Work Designed or Generated by the Company, Special Achievement in the achievement by faculty artists (Professor Greg Parmeter), and Special Achievement in Ensemble Performance.

According to UWL, the awards recognize higher education programs that use theater production to promote long-term societal impact through an artistic lens, to encourage empathetic exploration of the complex cultural and physical world, and to advocate for justice. on campus and around the world.

“This kind of national recognition not only speaks to the incredible work our faculty and students produce, but also shines a positive national light on the university as a whole,” said Joe Anderson, chair of the theater arts department.

In 2021, the national theater blog ‘OnStage’ also named UW-La Crosse’s theater department as the top program in Wisconsin. Learn more about the creation of the award-winning production in the documentary, “Severe Clear: The Story Behind the Story”.

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