Undergraduate Student Chantrell Lewis Receives Golden Flash Award | School of Theatre and Dance | Kent State University

Undergraduate Student Chantrell Lewis Receives Golden Flash Award

The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to congratulate senior B.F.A. Musical Theatre student Chantrell Lewis on receiving the Kent State University Alumni Association's 2018 Golden Flash Award. 

Nominated by School of Theatre and Dance associate professor Fabio Polanco, Lewis is actively involved in the theatre program at Kent State. During the School's 2017-2018 main stage season, she performed as lead character Esther in Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel and as the titular character in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler.

Lewis also has a notable record of university and community service. She serves as president of the Black Theatre Association and is a member of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honorary, National Honor Society, Sister Circle, the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble, and Kent State's spoken word poetry team. Outside of campus activities, Lewis works with students at the King-Kennedy Center in Ravenna.

"Chantrell exemplifies everything that the Golden Flash Award recognizes. She is dedicated to and supports Kent State University spirit, pride and tradition in everything she does. She is a leader on our campus, within the school for theatre and dance and in student organizations, who inspires her peers to use their voices, better themselves and engage positively with the community. She represents the best of Kent State University and promises to be an important voice in the world at large," says nominating faculty member Fabio Polanco. 

"As an artist, advocate and leader in her community, Chantrell celebrates a banner year in the School of Theatre and Dance," says School of Theatre and Dance Director Eric van Baars. "A gifted vocalist, she excels in both dramatic and musical works, having played leading roles in classic and contemporary dramas, as she maintains high academic rigor and service commitments. Chantrell is a champion for promoting diversity and inclusion."

The Alumni Association's Alumni Awards are the university's most prestigious honors given to several alumni and one student each year. These alumni and student will be honored for their exceptional contributions in their chosen field, in their communities and at Kent State University at a special ceremony on Fri., Oct. 5 at the Kent State Hotel in conjunction with the University's 100th anniversary celebration of Homecoming on Sat., Oct. 6.  

For more information on this year's Alumni Awards and recipients, visit http://www.ksualumni.org/s/401/social.aspx?sid=401&gid=1&pgid=2192

To purchase a ticket to the awards ceremony, visit http://www.ksualumni.org/s/401/social.aspx?sid=401&gid=1&pgid=4221&cid=8...