Fort Lewis College junior Anna Jany has seen more of the world than many of her young peers, but a trip to Washington,D.C., this week is something special even for her. The Kennedy Center has that effect on people.
Jany is a national finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival after topping the field at the
regional competition in February at Dixie State University in Utah. A native of Radevormwald, Germany, she moved to
Cortez in 2006 when her mother married a local man. She's now carrying a double major in theater and history with a
minor in the John F. Reed Honors Program.
Her specialty is dramaturgy, the research and background that goes into making sure a production is accurate in its
subject matter, characters and settings. Her accolades to date come from her work in FLC's production of Seraphic
Circus," but beginning today she and her 10 co-competitors will be teamed with playwrights and other theater pros for
a week of intensive workshops and presentations on the grounds of the revered cultural and artistic hub in the
As a German native, a trip to Washington is more of a curiosity than a patriotic pilgrimage, but Jany said she's
looking forward to the sights and sounds almost as much as the competition. But not quite.
I guess I'm a little excited to go to D.C. There's a mystique about it, that's where the White House is, and it's
the center of government in the United States," she said.
But I don't know if the location means as much as working with all these professionals and drama students and the
opportunities they're creating for me as a dramaturg."
Jany said she's also proud to be representing Fort Lewis, which with an enrollment of fewer than 4,000 makes it one
of the smallest colleges represented at the festival.
It's so incredible and unique in its approach to education, and I've never met people like the professors I've had,"
We need to bring back liberal arts to the whole world, and Fort Lewis is one of the best, so I'm really happy that
maybe some more people will hear about Fort Lewis because I'm doing this."
The week at the Kennedy Center promises to be a tremendous step in Jany's career. Awarded jointly by the Kennedy
Center and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the national winner will receive a full fellowship
to attend the O'Neill Playwrights' Conference as a literary assistant and assistant dramaturg. That should
dovetail nicely with Jany's future plans, which includes continuing her education through a doctoral degree with an
eye on a career as playwright herself.
So many people get their history from films these days and so many of them are so wrong it's just terrible," she
I want to teach history through plays and films using primary documents and accounts from those time periods. And if
I can't make them myself, I'd like to work as a dramaturg so others aren't changing history. If there's a good reason
to change things for dramatic effect, then OK, but if there's not, then I won't accept that."