Alma Native Wins Theatre Award through UAFS

Molly Tennison (center) as Lysistrata.

Molly Tennison chose to attend the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith because of its top-notch theatre program, a decision which paid dividends when Tennison earned an acting recognition from a prestigious state theatre festival last month.


Tennison was nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award from the state Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, recognizing her work as the title character in the program’s production of “Lysistrata.” It was an accolade she has worked towards for several years.


“I have been working for three years to receive the Irene Ryan Acting Award nomination, and the fact that I finally have one is incredible,” she said. “Receiving this nomination is such an honor, and I can't for next February when I get to audition.”


An Alma High School Graduate, the nomination grants Tennison the opportunity to compete in the acting competition at the regional level next year.


Tennison has accrued an impressive portfolio at UAFS. In addition to her performance in “Lysistrata,” she has also performed in “Delta-v,” “Julius Caesar,” “All My Sons,” “CORRIGENDA” and the One-Act Showcase productions.


"Theatre @ UAFS has provided me with many different opportunities to perform and be involved backstage," Tennison said. "They really put an emphasis on having a well-rounded resume. Knowing a little bit of everything has really helped me become more knowledgeable about my craft." 


After graduating, Tennison plans to move with her fiancé to Branson to begin their acting careers.


“I truly feel that Theatre @ UAFS has been straightforward and honest about the reality of a career in entertainment,” Tennison said. “It is tough competition out there, but Bob Stevenson and Pablo Guerra-Monje have taught me so much and given me advice that will really go a long way.”


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017