ARTa and the ARTc National Championship Tournament celebrated its fifth birthday May 6-8 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. It was the largest field to date with 17 theaters in competition from both two- and four-year schools, as well as a hybrid team. Once again ARTa attracted several ARTa world premiere theaters.
Theaters were evaluated by 15 critics in prelims, panels of 5 judges in semifinals, and 11 for the final public performance round -- one of the most impressive panels in forensics history. It included several entertainment industry professionals and forensics luminaries.
Championship Theater: "Found" -- Mt. San Antonio College
2nd Place: "Billy Markham and the Devil" - Chapman University
3rd Place: "inertia" -- Orange Coast College
4th Place: "Terra Incognita" - Mt. San Antonio College
Semifinalist: "ArmeniaMania" -- USC/CSU Fullerton/Mt. SAC
Semifinalist: "Mistakes" - Grossmont College
Semifinalist: "F*** the FCC" - Mt. San Antonio College
Semifinalist: "La Fenice" - Palomar College
Audience Award: "Found" -- Mt. San Antonio College
Non-Advancing World Premiere Theater Award:
"The Clown Condition" --Chapman University
Outstanding Achievement in Script: "Found" -- Mt. San Antonio College
Outstanding Achievement in Blocking: "inertia" -- Orange Coast College
Outstanding Achievement in Set: "La Fenice" -- Palomar College
Outstanding Achievement in Costuming: "inertia" -- Orange Coast College
Achievement in Music or Sound: "La Fenice" -- Palomar College
Special Award for Creative Innovation: "Found" - Mt. San Antonio College
Outstanding Male Performer: Michael Moreno, Billy Markham and the Devil
Outstanding Female Performer: Jacinda Strubbe -- "Found"
Outstanding Ensemble Cast Performance: ArmeniaMania -- Sona Movsesian, Arpie Mikaelian, Diana Solorzano (Hybrid)
Legacy Award for contributions to ARTa: Jimmy Nguyen