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Theatre Never Sleeps: Director of Theatre Participates in NAACP ACT-SO Competition


From July 14 –18, 2018, B-CU Director of Theatre Julius John, participated in the NAACP’s 40th ACT-SO National Competition, which was held in San Antonio, Texas. The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program for African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts.

The NAACP, the country’s foremost civil rights organization, drew upon the expertise and experience of John and Jason Hood, an Adler University master’s degree candidate in Media and Communication and production coordinator of B-CU’s theatre program, to serve as individual events judges and workshop presenters. 

Contestants were judged in Dramatics and Oratory, with John judging entrants in the art of staging and acting. In addition, contestants presented themselves to Hood who judged them in the art of eloquent and effective public speaking.

In addition to serving as a judge, John hosted the workshop, “Auditioning and Acting.” A highlight of this year’s ACT-SO was a special recruitment/audition session available to all competitors. As a participant in the conference closing awards program, John announced the winners of the dramatic competition awards, as well as the recipient of the theatre grant.

ACT-SO is firmly rooted in the conviction that, in classrooms, boardrooms and laboratories across the United States and abroad, African American students can succeed and compete at the same or greater levels as other students.

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