Two Hostos students, Marz Lovejoy and Tomas Correa, were recently recognized at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region I (KCACTF). It is Hostos’ 10th appearance at the festival, which was held at Western Connecticut State University from January 31 to February 4.
 
Lovejoy, who aspires to be a film and theater critic, won first place in the Critics’ Workshop of The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy, where she competed against 13 others. Now, her winning critiques have been submitted to the KCACTF national committee in Washington, D.C. If Lovejoy is among the four chosen, she will be invited to the KCACTF National Festival in April.
 
Also attending with the eight students was Angel Morales, Lecturer and Coordinator Visual & Performing Arts, as well as the Hostos Repertory Company's Director. Morales said Lovejoy was up against some heavy competition, because other students were mainly majoring in Theater Journalism at senior colleges.

Lovejoy is set to graduate in Spring 2017 from Hostos and plans to major in Journalism at City College (CUNY).
 
Correa, an ASAP student who studies in the ASAP and Prison-to-College Pipeline program, reached the finals of the Irene Ryan Acting Award. They were selected among 250 couples from universities in the New England region, reaching a pool of just 16.
 
Morales called Correa “particularly gifted” as an actor and called the experience “transforming.”
 
Other students and faculty who attended included: Sergio Mauritz Ang, Caprice Mejia, Igor Reyes, Natasha Collado, Nadja Gonzalez, and Professor Rafael Mejia.
 
More about the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David and Alice Rubenstein.
 
Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts’ Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
 
Additional support is provided by The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; Beatrice and Anthony Welters and the AnBryce Foundation. Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.
 
Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.