Kennedy Center Honors

Anne Byrd

Scene from Known But to God

Normandale Community College's original production of Known But to God was one of seven plays presented as part of the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, January of 2013.

The play was written by Normandale instructor Anne Byrd, directed by her husband and fellow Normandale instructor Sean Byrd and performed by Normandale students. It was the only production from a two-year college – and the only one from the state of Minnesota – represented at the festival.

Normandale received certificates of merit for playwriting, original music composition, and scenic design and properties for Known But to God. Normandale student Mathew Foster also won the national award for Allied Crafts for his design and creation of properties for the play. Foster was one of only eight individuals nationally to receive this honor.

Byrd also received a Gold Medallion to recognize theatre educators who have demonstrated excellence in theatre education, production work, and academic work, in addition to having demonstrated a strong commitment to the KCACTF.