Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 16, 2004) - The John Brown University theater production of "Shakespeare's Women" garnered several awards at the Arkansas Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. This was JBU’s first time to traveling to the state competition. The production received two awards for Excellence in Costume Design and Excellence in Program Design. “It was a great experience for the students,” Jason Hough, instructor in communication and drama said. “The opportunity to perform on a professional stage was a huge benefit for the students.” The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is an annual competition that recognizes excellence in collegiate theatrical pursuits. Each state has a competition to determine winners for regional competitions in February. The judges for the state competitions in the region will deliberate and announce which plays will advance to the regional competition in December. “Our production was smaller in scope and budget than the other entries”, said Hough. “The cast proved that JBU has excellence in theater. I am confident the abilities of our actors and actresses, and we look forward to the results!” In addition to the competition, seniors Emily Culella and Virginia Scott, along with junior Felicia Parmain, were nominated for the Irene Ryan acting competition. Last year, sophomore Evelyn Baldwin and Culella were nominated for their performance in “Night of January 16th.” Irene Ryan, best known for her role as "Granny" on "The Beverly Hillbillies", set aside a large portion of her estate to initiate a national acting competition. Culella, Scott and Parmain will compete against students from five states in the region, including (Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico), for a chance at the national competition in Washington, D.C. Those students who advance to nationals compete for college scholarships. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.