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Two Western Illinois University Master of Fine Arts (MFA) acting students are continuing what is becoming a departmental tradition of being named finalists for the Kennedy Center’s Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship.

Jeffrey Young and Brett Olson, both of Macomb, have advanced through several regional rounds of competition to be named one of 16 national finalist teams. Young was chosen as the national nominee and Olson as his acting partner.

The competition will take place during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, April 16-22 in Washington, DC. The acting team will perform three pieces that showcase the variety of acting techniques they have developed throughout their education.

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