GRCC students, alumni win Grand Awards

Oct. 31, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College students David Dekens and Marqea Lee earned Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress awards at the recent Grand Awards.

The recipients of the awards, which celebrate area college and community theater, were announced during an Oct. 21 ceremony. 

Dekens received Outstanding Lead Actor in a College Production for his role in the GRCC Players production of Kenneth Lonergan's "This Is Our Youth" in January. He graduated this past spring and is majoring in theater, with a focus on performance, at Western Michigan University.

Lee, who completes her Medical Assisting certificate in December, received Outstanding Lead Actress in a College Production for her role in the GRCC Players production of Dominique Morisseau's "Detroit '67" in December.

"Detroit '67" also was named Outstanding College Production, and its director, GRCC alumnus Sammy A. Publes, received Outstanding Direction of a College Production. Student Jasmine Piper, who also transferred to WMU's theater performance program, received Outstanding College Stage Manager for her work on the play.

"I'm so proud for our students and our Theater Department," said Publes, who also is an adjunct instructor at GRCC. "Thanks all around to the many people in the theater community and at the college who worked on or supported this project!"

GRCC alumni received several Grand Awards:

  • Spectrum Theater manager Michelle Urbane, Outstanding Direction of a Play for “Torch Song Trilogy Act III: Widows and Children First” at the Jewish Theater.
  • Sam Johnson, Outstanding Sound Design for “My Fair Lady” at the Civic Theater.
  • Catherine Marlett-Dreher, Outstanding Lighting Design for “Shrek" at the Civic Theater.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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