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Actors Matthew Cobb and Savannah Smith win American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Recognition

Award Winners for Macbeth

Congratulations to Golden West College actors Matthew Cobb (Macbeth) and Savannah Smith (Lady Macbeth) 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 MACBETH by William Shakespeare. 

Actors Matthew Cobb (Macbeth) and Savannah Smith (Lady Macbeth) are now eligible to attend the 2018 KCACTF Region VIII Festival to compete for an Irene Ryan acting scholarship. They can also proudly place the words “Irene Ryan Award” on their acting resumes.

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.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving over 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide, which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

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 classic The Glass Menagerie, the comedy 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