UW–Madison’s Baron Kelly has been selected to receive an Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Training from the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA).
Kelly, a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama — who also holds a concurrent appointment with the Odyssey Project in the Division of Continuing Studies — is being recognized in the area of acting.
The URTA Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding work of individuals and institutions whose students show exceptional skill and professionalism in presentation and preparation at the URTA Auditions and Interviews. Through these awards, URTA seeks to acknowledge the importance of helping young theatre artists develop the essential skills they will need in order to advance to the next level of their training, and ultimately the profession.
“This honor means that I continue to stand on the shoulders of my great acting teachers, Uta Hagen, Sandy Meisner, Lloyd Richards, and Stephen Strimpell, whose generosity of spirit and knowledge of craft helped me to find my creative way,” says Kelly. “Now I can pay forward with my students the generosity and graciousness my teachers bestowed upon me.”
Kelly, along with other URTA award recipients, will be recognized during the 2023 URTA Auditions and Interviews in Chicago in January 2023.