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Marquette student-written play honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

The Citizen Artist award recognizes that theatrical production is central to urgent community, national and international conversations on campuses of higher education.

By - Mar 29th, 2019 09:45 am

MILWAUKEE – The play “White Privilege,” written by Marquette University student Malaina Moore, was awarded the prestigious Citizen Artist Award by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival national selection team.

The Citizen Artist award recognizes that theatrical production is central to urgent community, national and international conversations on campuses of higher education.

“This award reflects and reinforces the mission of Marquette Theatre, the Phylis Ravel Social Justice fund and Marquette University,” said Dr. Stephen Hudson-Mairet, chair of digital media and performing arts. “I could not be prouder of Malaina, all of the students involved in every aspect of the production, and the faculty, alumni, staff and professionals who have supported the development of this play through their artistry and financial support.”

Moore was inspired to write “White Privilege” after seeing a Facebook post that sparked discussion about what the term means to different people. Her play examines how the color of one’s skin can lead to a very different experience of the world.

The play opened to sold out audiences at Marquette’s Helfaer Theater in August and September 2018. It was selected for and recently performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region III Festival in Madison.

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