CSU Theatre Major a Finalist for National Stage-Acting Title

Caroline ThrasherCOLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University junior theatre student Caroline Thrasher recently won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 4 Irene Ryan acting competition.

Thrasher, right, and her acting partner and fellow CSU student Jim Pharr, will go to Washington, D.C., on April 18 to perform on the Kennedy Center stage for a chance to win the festival’s national title. They also will also participate in workshops and seminars with Tony Award-winning directors, authors and playwrights.

Thrasher outperformed 500 graduate and undergraduate students who were nominated for the competition from schools throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Thrasher was among 12 Columbus State nominees, including senior Samantha May, who finished as a semi-finalist at the regional competition.

The Irene Ryan Acting Award is the highest collegiate acting award in the country. Ryan is best known for playing Granny on long-running television series, 'The Beverly Hillbillies.'