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Dordt theater department earns three awards at ACTF

Dordt College was well represented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCATF) in St. Louis recently, where Sue Blom, Mark Jansen, and Ethan Koerner received recognition for their work.

Blom, who is seamstress and costume shop supervisor for the college, was presented a meritorious achievement award for costumes she created for the Dordt production “The Greeks: The Murders,” presented at Dordt’s New World Theatre last April.

Mark Jansen, who graduated from Dordt College in May, was given a meritorious achievement award for his musical compositions in “The Greeks: The Murders.” Jansen is currently attending Arizona State University, where he is working toward a Master of Music degree.

Ethan Koerner (along with his acting partner, Laura Dykstra) was among sixteen finalists who made it into the final round of the acting competition. Region Five (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota) had a total of 308 college performers invited to compete at the festival. Koerner is a senior theater major from Lincoln, Nebraska.