Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-11-08

A Samford University senior and a recent graduate have been chosen to participate in one of the theatre design community's most important international events.

Laura Cassidy Ratzlaff, a May, 2006, graduate, and Cari Catherine Short, a senior, were selected from hundreds of entrants to show their work at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial (PQ).

Their works will be part of the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology's PQ USA national exhibit, which includes work from professional and student designers deemed to represent the concept of "New Voices, New Visions: Out of the Box."

The PQ will be held in June in Prague, Czech Republic.

Selections were based on the work of theatre artists who have redefined the art and pushed it to its limits, through unique visions and impeccable techniques.

Ratzlaff, one of 14 professional sound designers chosen for the National Exhibit, will present the original sound design she created for Samford Theatre's fall, 2005 production of Shadowlands.. A Samford senior theatre major when she worked on the project, she now teaches English at Kingswood Christian Academy in Alabaster.

Short, a Samford senior theatre major from Nashville, Tenn., will present the scene design she created for Shadowlands in the student exhibit.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.