GWC Actors Receive American College Theater Festival Recognition

Congratulations to Golden West College actors Matthew Cobb (Tom) and Alex Jean (The Gentleman Caller) for being named nominees for the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival (ACTF) Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships for their performances in the recent Golden West College Theater Arts department production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.  Both students are now eligible to attend the 2019 KCACTF Region VIII Festival to compete for an Irene Ryan acting scholarship.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships to provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty ‘Granny Clampett’ in The Beverly Hillbillies.

The goals of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival are to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs;  to provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight and achieve professionalism; to improve the quality of college and university theater in America; and to encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students, the classics – revitalized or newly conceived, and experimental works.

Upcoming productions for the Golden West College Theater Arts department include the plays The Little Dog Laughed and the award winning musical Evita.  For more information on the Golden West College Theater Arts program, visit their website at