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The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

The College of Fellows Jane Alexander Award for Acting

The Jane Alexander Award for Acting is designed to celebrate the next generation of theater artists through an award of $2,500 granted to foster the awardee’s career in any way deemed appropriate by the winner.  The award is not tied to any institution or program and can be used for head shots, audition classes, tickets to see theater, etc.

Eligible for the award are actors who are either Irene Ryan Finalists or Irene Ryan Partners.

Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander is an actress of film, television and the stage. She has four Academy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards and a Tony for her work. Jane has appeared in 65 films for television and the big screen, including The Great White Hope, Kramer vs. Kramer, Testament, Eleanor and Franklin and the forthcoming Book Of Negroes for television. On the New York stage she is known for roles in The Lady from Dubuque, Chasing Manet, First Monday in October and The Visit

She was Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts when Bill Clinton was president and her book entitled Command Performance: An Actress in the Theatre of Politics was a New York Times Notable book.

Jane devotes much of her time today to wildlife conservation and was honored to receive the first Global Wildlife Ambassador Award from the Indianapolis Prize in 2012.  A passionate birder, Jane currently serves on the board of the National Audubon Society, and the advisory boards of numerous other organizations. Knopf will soon publish her book about her travels with field biologists and global wildlife conservation.

Previous Award Recipients 

Jazzmin Carson, Alabama State University
Jeffrey Young, Western Illinois University
Chayning Jenkins, Alabama State University
Jayson Speters, University of Minnesota, Duluth