JU Students up for Theater Awards

Nick Boucher and Elaine Tyson nominated for college acting honors


Two Jacksonville University theater students received national recognition for excellence in acting.

Nick Boucher and Elaine Tyson were nominated for the prestigious Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Award for their work in the recent one-act comedies “Laundry & Bourbon” and “Lone Star.”

The nomination places the actors in the regional and national competitions for the American College Theatre Festival.

“I think our acting program at Jacksonville University produces student actors with a firmly rooted acting process and technique, and also provides them with the tools to pursue further training on the graduate level,” said Deborah Jordan, an assistant professor of theater at JU who directed the plays, in a press release from the university.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation awarded scholarships to outstanding student performers at each festival. This year, the foundation is giving 19 regional awards and two fellowships consisting of 16 $500 scholarships, two $2,500 scholarships for the winners at the national level in Washington, D.C., and a cash prize of $250 for the student that is awarded the Kingsley Colton Award in national auditions.

The late Irene Ryan played Granny Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

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