SRU Good News for April 20, 2009
Lipstick, rouge, face paint earn SRU theater major national honor
Kelly McBane, a graduating senior theatre major from Pittsburgh, is the best collegiate makeup designer in the nation, according to officials at the American College Theatre Festival.
Last week, McBane took the festival's top national honor at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The competition is sponsored by Alcone Makeup.
McBane was among the top winners in the Region 2 competition last January, a move earned her a trip to the national competition where she competed against eight other makeup designers at the undergraduate and graduate level.
She entered her makeup designs for SRU's production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth." The work included designs for 16 characters.
"I am particularly proud, because the majority of her competitors were graduate-level students. This is an incredible honor for Kelly, and the first time that an SRU theatre student has won the top honors nationally," said Gordon R. Phetteplace, associate professor of theatre.
As part of the competition McBane had to build a display, including drawings, photos and other samples of her work which were reviewed by a panel of judges. The work was judged on quality, effectiveness, originality and rendering techniques.
In addition to makeup, McBane has handled hair and costume design for the department's productions during her SRU career, which included two make-up design awards in 2006.
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