BPCC dean awarded Kennedy Center Gold Medallion

Pictured left to right: Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. and Dr. Ray Scott Crawford. (courtesy photo)

Bossier Parish Community College Dean of Communication and Performing Arts, Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, was awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for Region 6 during the 54th Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) on February 27th.

The Kennedy Center Gold Medallion is the highest award the festival gives and is considered a great honor in theatre education. Region VI covers Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman Jr. was on hand to present the award to Dr. Crawford.

Crawford states, “I am honored by the recognition from the Kennedy Center.  But more importantly, I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from BPCC, from my academic and professional colleagues, and especially from my students—both present and past.  I learned of my receiving the Gold Medallion immediately following a local Mardi Gras Bal where no less than a dozen current and former BPCC Theatre students were working professionally—creating theatre magic through performance and technology.  That is what makes me most proud, that I have been able to help provide these types of opportunities to our students.”

Each year, the eight KCACTF regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre, and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry, and enthusiasm to the development of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

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