Nael Nacer and Alex Pollock Win National Awards for Acting

3/12/2004

BOSTON, MA - The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. recently awarded national scholarships to two Suffolk University students, as well as honoring the University's Student Theatre Department production of Rhinoceros.

Suffolk University junior Nael Nacer was awarded a National Festival Fellowship in acting for his portrayal of Berenguer in Rhinoceros. The fellowship will enable Nacer to participate in the national American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in April, where he will take master classes and perform at the Kennedy Center's Ten-Minute Play Festival. Only five students nationwide were so honored this year.

Suffolk Sophomore Alex Pollock was awarded a TVI Actors Studio scholarship to attend an intensive acting program at the famed Actors Studio in New York. Pollock was a regional finalist in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition scholarship. His scene partner was sophomore Brian Anastas.

Suffolk Student Theatre's Rhinoceros participated in the production competition in the regional festival and was selected as a National Finalist in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Suffolk University Professor Wes Savick adapted and directed the production.

Other honorees from the regional festival were Irene Ryan Finalists Aaron Pitre, a Suffolk junior (along with his scene partner, Melissa Barker, also a junior); and junior Steve Gibbons (with his scene partner, Sam Trott, a Suffolk sophomore).

During the past five years, Suffolk University's Theatre Department has shined brightly in the American College Theatre Festival production and individual competitions. The Three Sisters, Cabaret (performed at the Regional Festival in 2000), Buried Child and Othello (performed at the Regional Festival in 2002) have been nominated as regional finalists or semi-finalists.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,500 full-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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