MC Friedrich Wins Kennedy Center Medallion

By Danny Messinger | Published

Mary Carol “MC” Friedrich, associate professor of theatre at Michigan Technological University, will be one of three recipients of the Kennedy Center Medallion in the Great Lakes region.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) presents the Medallion to two or three recipients in each of its eight national districts every year. The award honors individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and that have significantly dedicated time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of educational theatre.

The award is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the greatest honors in theatre education.

“Last year, I finished a seven-year appointment with KCACTF,” said Friedrich. “I was part of the discussion each year surrounding nominees for the Medallion. It’s a great surprise and an honor to receive the award myself.”

Friedrich teaches costume, lighting, scene design and costume construction and history courses at Michigan Tech. She will be presented with her award at a Jan. 11, 2014 reception in Saginaw, Mich.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.