Columbus State University Professor Brenda May Ito (pictured with SETC Theatre For Youth Division Chair Jeremy Kisling) was recognized with the Sarah Spencer Award at the 65th annual convention of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Brenda is CSU's Program Director for the MEd in Theatre and the BS in Education Theatre degree as well as the Program Director for Theatre for Youth. She received her MFA in Theatre (concentration Theatre for Youth) at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, her MA in Theatre at Missouri State University, and her BS in Education Dance degree from Missouri State University. She was selected in 2010 as one of the Woodruff Arts Center’s Georgia Arts in Education Leaders. Brenda is in her 18th year at Columbus State University.
The Sarah Spencer Child Drama Award recognizes the work of an individual or organization for dynamic and engaging work for young people. Nominees can excel in such areas as playwriting, performance, audience development, curriculum development, funding, scholarship, community programs, research, television programming, creative drama or other enrichment programs within their community, state, regional or national level. (Press release and photo courtesy of SETC: www.setc.org.)