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Zo Haynes Wins Award at Georgia Theatre Conference

Each October, high school and college theatre students come together for the annual Georgia Theatre Conference (GTC) to participate in workshops and various competitions, while connecting with actors, directors, and technological workers from every corner of the state. Loren “Zo” Haynes (Mathematics and Theatre, ‘15), a member of Georgia Southern University’s Theatre South, brought her impressive skills in lighting and set design to this year’s GTC, which took place at Columbus State University on Oct. 9-11. She was awarded the overall design award and first place for her realized lighting design from Fuddy Meers, a play that ran in the GS Black Box Theatre last spring.  Haynes also received a second place award for her paper design for No Exit, which she created for class.

Zo Haynes adjusts the lighting in Georgia Southern's Black Box Theatre

Zo Haynes adjusts the lighting in Georgia Southern’s Black Box Theatre

Building on her success and the support she received at GTC, Haynes plans to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) this spring, where she will once again compete with her Fuddy Meers design. “It’s a larger competition that’s open to undergraduate and graduate students. I found the feedback I received at GTC very helpful and will use it to better my presentation at KCACTF.”

In addition to her award-winning lighting design, Haynes also had the opportunity to attend the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas over the summer to learn about lighting technology, pre-visualization, and movers and digital media. Haynes believes that these unique opportunities will jumpstart her future career in theatre.

“After I graduate from Georgia Southern, I plan on finding a job in the lighting industry of theatre,” said Haynes. “I am very interested in programming and in designing for theatre, so every experience I can get to design and every chance I have to receive feedback on my work is helpful to hone my craft.”


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