CLEMSON — Clemson University performing arts students Erin Parisi and Devario Simmons took home awards from The Kennedy Center Region IV American College Theater Festival.

Parisi, a senior from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, earned the second-place award for Sound Design Excellence. She submitted her designs from the show “Ensemble,” a student-created work that was performed in November by the Clemson Players in the Bellamy Theatre of the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

“This was a big learning experience for me, as it was also my first time competing in sound design,” Parisi said. “I worried that it would be somewhat difficult for others to appreciate without seeing the actual show.” 

Devario Simmons, a senior from Greenville, received the third-place honor for Theatrical Design Excellence in Costume Design. He also submitted his work from “Ensemble.”

“Knowing that my work was understood by not only those who saw the show, but those who only saw the research behind it, reinforced the great education I am getting here at Clemson University,” Simmons said.

Both students received one-week scholarships to the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. While there this summer, they will receive intensive instruction; Parisi in audio and makeup and prosthetics Simmons. They also will tour the institute’s backstage area and see a major Las Vegas show.

The Kennedy Center Region IV American College Theater Festival was held in February at Darton College in Albany, Ga. It served as a gathering to see the work of students, faculty and staff from throughout the Southeast and share ideas.