June 27, 2013 – Brett Devlin, a student in the fall 2011 media writing course at Dutchess Community College, took home Audience Choice honors at the Hear Now audio fiction festival held June 20-23 in Kansas City.
Devlin’s work, “Incident at Cold Water Creek,” is an audio-only play that tells a fictional tale set in a nuclear power plant. Devlin wrote the play as an assignment during a 2011 Media Writing course at DCC taught by Professor Eric Somers. In addition, students in a spring 2012 sound design class at DCC, also taught by Somers, created the audio effects used in Devlin’s play.
“Incident at Cold Water Creek” was accepted into the festival’s Audio Vaudeville event. The play was performed by a cast of professional audio actors and directed by Somers. Following the performance, the audience ranked Devlin’s play third out of 12 productions.
The National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc. (NATF) is a not-for-profit organization that began in 1979 as a yearly week-long workshop on audio theater production. This year, NATF presented the Hear Now festival, which was created to resemble a film festival, showcasing works in different categories.