MSU senior wins Kennedy Center regional award for work on theater MSU original production

Contact: Sarah Nicholas

STARKVILLE, Miss. — A Mississippi State senior has bested applicants in more than 10 states at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, winning the top prize for technical drafting in his lighting design of MSU’s fall production of “Banner: A Sea Turtle Saga.” . “

Paul T. Sullivan (Submitted photo)

Paul T. Sullivan, a business information systems major with a minor in theater, won the Vectorworks Award in Design, Technology and Management at the recently held KC / ACTF Region IV awards ceremony. His award includes a professional license for industry-standard drafting software, Vectorworks, valued at $ 3,000.

“Paul’s award recognizes the best examples of technical drawing at the festival – an award will be won by graduate students,” said Matthew Webb, an assistant clinical professor at MSU’s Department of Communication and Design Faculty for Theater MSU. “Obviously, we’re not proud of Paul’s work, both regionally and for his lighting designs last spring’s student showcase and fall’s’ Banner: A Sea Turtle Saga.”

Last fall, Webb coordinated a guided, individualized study course to help Sullivan develop his drafting skills with Vectorworks software.

“Winning this award showed that industry professionals have agreed and validated the quality of my work. It was a reminder that I accomplished this objective and that I am on the right track, “said Sullivan, a native of Destrehan, Louisiana who is graduating this week. “My hope is to take a year or two to work and gain more professional experience before pursuing an MFA in lighting design. After grad school, I hope to have a career as a Broadway lighting designer and theater technology consultant. “

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