James Custer Receives Bridgewater College's Theater Award

May 11, 2015

Theatre at Bridgewater College presented its Outstanding Theatre Artist award to James E. Custer.

The Outstanding Theatre Artist award is presented to the student who exhibits exceptional accomplishment in theatrical performance, production and scholarship.

For his award, Custer received two books: The American Play, 1787-2000 by Marc Robinson and Theatre of the Avant-Garde, 1950-2000 by Robert Knopf and Julia Listengarten.

Custer, an English major with a minor in theatre, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Custer of Dayton, Va.

Custer is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society, and Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society.

He serves as president of the Pinion Players, the college’s student-run theatre group, and is a member of the Honor Council.

Custer has directed four performances at Bridgewater College: Sherlock Holmes: The Fall of Baker Street, by Nicholas Davies and Jess Snellings, Across the Pond by Davies,  Fool for Love by Sam Shepard and Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage translated by Christopher Hampton, which received outstanding recognition by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in October 2013. He was also nominated for the KCACTF Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Student Director award.

He served as assistant director for three productions: You Lucky Girl by Edgar Rice Burroughs, My Name is Rachel Corrie by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged by Adam Long, Daniel Siner and Jess Winfield.

Custer will graduate on May 16 and plans on working in community theater.