Published on January 16, 2019 by Ashley Smith  
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The winners of the BroadwayWorld regional awards were announced and Samford University made a significant showing in a variety of categories. Regional productions, touring shows and more were all included in the awards—honoring productions which opened between Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018. Samford took top honors across the board and the 2018 spring production of Children of Eden gathered up 11 awards along with Best Musical.

According to Don Sandley, professor, former chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and director of Children of Eden, “As theatre artists and mentors, we teach our students to approach their work with integrity, truth and love. We ask them to work hard and care for one another. If recognition comes your way say, ‘thank you,’ then give the credit to the Creator who endowed you with desire to be an artist, then blessed you with the opportunity work with a rich community.”

“Samford is the most fertile ground an artist could pray for to create such a joyous production. We are humbled that so many were touched by our work.”

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Each year, the Department of Theatre and Dance produces six to eight main-stage performances along with smaller student generated plays and programs. The 2018-19 season included Hedda Gabler and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane in the fall and will feature a musical theatre tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, a dance concert, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Disney’s musical version of Freaky Friday this spring. 

Congratulations to faculty and students. View a full listing of all of the award winners.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.