2018-07-18 / Campus

Culpepper joins scholarship recipients in Las Vegas


Georgia Southwestern State University theater majors, Mark Culpepper, left, and Dijon Dupree, have been awarded scholarships to attend Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. (Photo: Georgia Southwestern) Georgia Southwestern State University theater majors, Mark Culpepper, left, and Dijon Dupree, have been awarded scholarships to attend Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. (Photo: Georgia Southwestern) Two dramatic arts students at Georgia Southwestern State University, Di’Jon Dupree and Mark Culpepper, are Las Vegas bound this summer to attend the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas thanks to receiving highly competitive scholarships.

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas is the first-ofits kind intensive training program for students from around the world to meet, learn from and network with leading experts in live entertainment who are committed to sharing their experience with the next generation.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and my future career,” Culpepper, a senior from Blakely, said. “SILV offers hands-on, professional work experience and classes with the very best designers in our field. It’s an amazing chance to market myself to some of the greatest minds in theater.”

Dupree and Culpepper earned their scholarships by presenting their theater design work at multiple events over the past few months. Culpepper’s scholarship covers an extensive eight-week program through June and July. The summer courses include training in areas such as rigging, digital drafting and automation.

“This achievement is a first for the Theater, Communication and Media Arts department,” said theater professor and department chair Jeff Green. “It’s a pretty remarkable thing.”

The designs that earned the duo their places at SILV this summer were part of the departmental production “The S.S. Glencairn Cycle” in November of last year. The original script, based on the works of playwright Eugene O’Neill, was set entirely on an early 20th century British ship.

Culpepper, a senior who has worked on over 30 shows at GSW, designed and built the set.

Their work on the “Glencairn Cycle” earned Dupree and Culpepper inclusion in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region IV’s 50th Anniversary Festival, held on GSW’s campus in February.

Culpepper was awarded his SILV scholarship at the Southeastern Theater Conference’s Annual Convention in March where he presented his set design.

In his first week at SILV, Culpepper was recognized as Most Outstanding Student for excellence in the field of digital drafting.

Culpepper plans to graduate from GSW in December. He is currently the interim technical director at Theatre Albany. He plans to earn his master’s degree in technical directing and scenic design, and hopes to teach college theater in the South near his family.

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