Perform in English and Hoike in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language. Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language.
Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language.

2020 Graduates & Award Recipients

Our sincerest congratulations are extended to all of the Department of Theatre + Dance graduates and award recipients. It is our pleasure of provide them recognition for all of their hard work and accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all that they will achieve in their future endeavors.  

Theatre + Dance Class of 2020

Theatre Graduates

Katherine “Kat” Altman, MFA
Annastasia Fiala-Watkins, MFA
Tyler Haugen, MFA
Murray “Nick” Husted, MA
Christine Lamborn, MFA
Dean Mo, MFA
Melisa Orozco-Vargas, MFA
Robert Sanchez, MFA
Emily Steward, MFA
Sarah Swilley, MA

Dance Graduates

Sophia Carter, MFA
Angela Sebastian, MFA

Theatre Undergraduates

Alexis Chong-Tim
Lily Kim-Dela Cruz
Trey Delos Reyes
Keli Hall
Bryce Johnston (Summer 2020)
Moon Seong “Andy” Kim
Kela Neil
Kekela Oku Fernandez
Rachel Sorensen (Fall 2020)
Jorin Young

Dance Undergraduates

Lihau Ichinose
Kristen Johnson
Tavehi Tafiti
Tiana Wong

Dance Minors

Kasey Pacheco
Nicole Palmer

Theatre Minors

Emily Burr
Kevin Deng (Fall 20)
Geneva Diaz
Andy Luu
Rosalie Paglia
Sarah Pfaltzgraff
Ronald Stirrup (Fall 20)

THEATRE + DANCE AWARDS:

Dennis Carroll Award for Academic Excellence

Kekela Oku-Fernandez

Judy van Zile Award for Academic Excellence

Tavehi Tafiti

Lucie Bentley Award for Excellence in Acting

Bryce Johnston

Glenn Cannon Award for Excellence in Acting

Tyler Haugen and Jorin Young

Terence Knapp Award for Excellence in Acting

Christine Lamborn

Nancy Takei Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Department 

Katherine “Kat” Altman and Emily Steward

Sandra Finney Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Department

Lihau Ichinose and Annastasia Fiala-Watkins

Tamara Montgomery Award for Excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences

Alexis Chong-Tim and Melisa Orozco-Vargas

James R. Brandon Award for Excellence in Asian Theatre

Christine Lamborn

Richard G. Mason Award for Excellence in Design or Technical Theatre

Kekela Oku-Fernandez

Joseph D. Dodd Award for Excellence in Design or Technical Theatre

Rachel Sorensen

Joel Trapido Award for Excellence in Design or Technical Theatre

Kela Neil

Yasuki Sasa Award for Contributions to the Department and Excellence in Performance

Sophia Carter

Carl Wolz Award for Contributions to the Department and Excellence in Performance

Angela Sebastian

Halla Huhm Memorial Award for Excellence in Asian-Pacific Dance

Tiana Wong

The Edward A. Langhans Award in Western Theatre and Dance History, Literature and Theory Scholarship

Scott Felluss, PhD Performance Studies, for “Walking Rasic Space” Published in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 15.1 (2020)

Alex Munro, PhD Performance Studies, for “Healing in the Transitions: Advocacy Through Listening in The #MeToo Monologues,” presented at 2019 ATHE conference in the Directing Focus Group Debut Panel.

Amanda Allen, MFA Dance, “”Somatic Mirroring- The Movement Behind Couple’s Dance Movement Therapy”

Friends of Kennedy Scholarship Award

For Spring 2020:
Taylor Bogan
Eun Suh
Ezzio Lavarello
Christianne Moss
Emma Torgrimson-Lee

For Fall 2020:
Christopher Apina
Marshal Keʻalalauaʻe Cressy

Glenn Cannon Scholarship Award

Olivia Coughlin
Nathan Drackett
Nami Kobayashi
Kalā Müller
Fay Schneider
Tristan Wolf

Other Awards Received during 2019-2020

John Young Scholarship Recipients 

Taylor Bogan
Chloe Groom
Keola Simpson
Jake Wolf

KCACTF

Irene Ryan Nominees:

Christopher Apina
Isaiah Avilla
Hulita Drake
Kela Neil
Emily Steward
Annastasia Fiala-Watkins

KCACTF Invited Scene from The Country Wife, directed by Stacy Ray:
Tyler Haugen and Emily Steward

TYA Awards

Emerging Leader in TYA Fellowship 

Melisa Orozco-Vargas

Jim Rye Fellow at IPAY
(International Performing Arts for Youth Conference)

Taylor Bogan

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