Recent Grad wins Kennedy Center Honor for Dramaturgy Work at SSU Theatre Arts & Dance!

March 2, 2022
Avery Flasher-Duzgunes sitting on haystacks with some pumpkins around and in front of some trees

Avery Flasher-Duzgunes, a Fall 2021 graduate from the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance’s Theatre Studies concentration, has been named a co-recipient of the Student Dramaturgy Award for Region 7 (Northwest) for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), presented in partnership with Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

Avery received the award for his work as a dramaturg on the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance’s Fall 2021 production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays, directed by Danielle Cain.  In his submission, Avery wrote about the process of working on the play, and shared text analyses, research, and program notes that were part of his work as dramaturg on the show.  Avery was mentored in his work by Prof. Cain and by Scott Horstein, the head of the Theatre Studies concentration.

As part of the Region 7 KCACTF virtual festival this January and February, Avery participated in several online workshops with student dramaturgs from across the country, led by leading professional dramaturgs in the field.  As part of the award Avery will:  

  • represent Region 7 at the National Festival this spring

  • receive a cash prize 

  • receive a copy of Jane Barnette’s Adapturgy and 

  • and a copy of Aili Huber and Toby Malone’s Cutting Plays for Performance

Avery joins an illustrious list of past SSU Theatre Arts students who have won KCACTF dramaturgy honors, including national Margot Manburg (national runner-up, 2011), Celine Delcayre (national winner, 2013), and Laura Millar (national co-winner, 2014).