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Theatre Major Receives Young Scholars Award
Merritt Jenkins - 2/3/2021

Theatre Major Receives Young Scholars Award


Student Carolyn Etzel's paper was recently selected as the 2020 undergraduate student winner of Southeastern Theatre Conference's (SETC) Young Scholars Award.


Etzel is a junior double major in theatre and bi-vocational theology from Russellville, Arkansas. Her paper, "The Intersections of Greco-Roman Theatre and Early Christian Liturgy," seeks to examine the correlations between the structure of Greco-Roman theatre and early Christian liturgical worship, specifically highlighting the dramatic structure of the sacraments and the liturgical calendar, and the use of cosmogonic myths in ancient theatre and religion.


The History/Theory/Criticism/Literature Committee of the SETC, the largest theatre conference in the U.S., invites submissions in all topics related to the broad categories of history, theory, criticism, and literature. Submissions are received from all across the nation, and only one undergraduate receives the Young Scholars Award each year.


"We are thrilled Carolyn won this award," said Dr. Christine Williams, professor of theatre. "The Lee Theatre program emphasizes the importance of theatre as an academic field, and Carolyn is an incredibly talented student both on and off stage. Her paper is very well written and researched and she is quite deserving of this accolade."


Etzel will present her paper in the SETC virtual conference this March, as well as answer live panel questions.


"Receiving this award is an unexpected honor and one that makes me both excited and hopeful for future research on this topic," said Etzel. "I look forward to presenting my work for the conference."


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