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LSUA Professors Receive Awards at Theatre and Film Conference

Released: 11/14/2006

Tim Saucier, assistant professor of theatre at LSU Alexandria, received the August Staub New Director Award at the 59th annual Southwest Theatre and Film Association Conference in Alexandria on Saturday, Nov. 4. The Staub award acknowledges directing excellence in someone who has been directing for no more than five years and shows strong signs of ongoing directorial skills.

Representing the six-state region of Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, SWTFA annually selects a young director whose work is recognized for its excellence. Evidence of Saucier’s directorial skills was on display when an excerpt from his production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]” was presented to the conference-goers as part of the reception honoring Orlin Corey of New Orleans. Conference-goers joined with local arts community members in seeing Corey inducted into the SWTFA Hall of Fame.

The association also presented plaques to LSUA for its support of the conference and to Dr. Jim Stacy, associate professor of theatre, as local host and organizer. Richard Gwartney, executive director of the LSUA Downtown and the Alexandria Museum of Art, was also acknowledged for his support of the conference. Dr. Thomas Armstrong, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, represented the university at the Corey reception and at the keynote luncheon, where playwright Ted Swindley, author of “Always…Patsy Cline,” spoke.