BC Senior Wins Kennedy Center Fellowship to Teach Acting in India
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – A Bridgewater College senior has been accepted as a Kennedy Center Fellow and will receive financial assistance to volunteer in Bangalore, India, to teach acting and improvisation games for economically and socially disadvantaged youth.
J.J. Krehbiel of McPherson, Kan., who is majoring in sociology and international studies, was one of only five students nationwide to receive the fellowship, which covers the costs associated with his work in India with Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). He was selected based on ASTEP's criteria of exemplary leadership and dedication to using the arts to empower communities.
Krehbiel will graduate from Bridgewater in May and will spend eight weeks in India.
"I was introduced to ASTEP at the Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival, and if it wasn't for meeting an ASTEP representative at the festival I would not be embarking on this exciting journey," he said.