Bethel Junior Awarded Prestigious Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Scholarship

Public Relations

Bethel College junior Rebecca Rickaby received a Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) Award for her work displayed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) – Region 3, in Indianapolis in January. Rickaby was one of just five students at the festival to receive a regional award, which includes a one-week scholarship to SILV.

Each year, the Bethel College Theatre Department takes students to the week-long festival, which includes acting competitions, design, tech and management expos, production and more. Rickaby, who is from Lowell, Ind., took three design projects to the festival, two regional design projects, a light and scene design and one national sound design project. She competed with nearly 200 collective projects in these categories to win a SILV Award.

The SILV Awards are for students who display potential for success in their chosen area. There are two kinds of SILV Awards: the one-week regional scholarship for excellence in any area of design and technology, and the eight-week national scholarship for excellence in the field of allied crafts. 

Not only does SILV expose students to an advanced level of technology and professional workmanship, it also scouts students for future job opportunities. Organizations including Carnival Cruise Lines, Cirque du Soleil, Disney, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Santa Fe Opera, St Michael’s Playhouse and others have agreed to consider the résumés of all SILV alumni for future positions (see full list at: 

According to Don Hunter, Theatre Department chair: “Rebecca is a very talented designer and technician and I am not surprised she has been discovered by the Stagecraft Institute. We are very excited to see where she ends up after graduation.”

Rickaby is Bethel’s fourth student in five years to receive this award.