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Matthew McGee to compete for national acting title

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Congratulations to Matthew McGee, representing Fresno State’s theater department, who beat out hundreds of other contestants in Los Angeles to become one of two American College Theater Festival regional finalists for the prestigious Irene Ryan acting award. He’ll go on to Washington, D.C. in April to compete for national honors.

McGee competed with his scene partner (and brother), Aaron, another Fresno State actor. (Yes, it runs in the family.)

The preliminary competition included more than 250 student actors, who were narrowed down to 33 semi-finalists, which was then cut down to 16 finalists. Fresno State’s Ryan Woods also made it to the final round.

You might recognize McGee from a November Beehive post detailing his quest for a win in Sprint’s Epic Short Film Contest. He lost. But this is a MUCH better thing to win, Matthew. Maybe we can talk you into sending us video updates from your competition at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Responses to "Matthew McGee to compete for national acting title"

Andrew Cardillo says:

Both Matt and Ryan are both superb actors and quality gentlemen as well. I wish them all the luck.

Randel McGee says:

Thank you for this post! Matthew was preceded at CSU-Fresno by his brother Adam who starred in many productions at the university. His brother Nathan has a degree in film-making from San Francisco State. His sister Melanie has an MFA in art. Matthew’s parents both have theater degrees. It does run in the family!

Matthew McGee says:

Hey Donald,
I haven’t forgotten about your request for festival updates. With the busyness of “Mermaid” and preparations for this week’s trip, things have been a little crazy. BUT I will try and do my best to post updates on the festival. The actual Irene Ryan competition does not take place until Friday evening, so there won’t be anything too major to report prior to that, but rest assured, you will ALL know what happens that night!! And thankfully, with the three hour time difference, our late night report will come as some nice, early evening news! Oh yeah, and some reporters from the Kennedy Center may be sending you information and details that night already since we had to give them information on who to contact for local publicity.
Anyway, Aaron and I look forward to having some awesome news to report within the week!
Thank you!