Judith Royer, C.S.J.
Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award
Royer was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her 40-year career dedicated to developing and fostering the talents of theatre students. Since 1969, the Kennedy Center theatre festival has given more than 400,000 college and university theatre students the opportunity to have their work evaluated, to improve their dramatic skills, and to receive national recognition for excellence. Royer conceived and developed the Region VIII Respondents Workshop, which many other regions observed and subsequently instituted. The purpose of the workshop is to give constructive, structured feedback on the students' work as a complete theatre-going experience.
"Sister Royer's presence in the department is a blessed and welcome one," said Kevin Wetmore, professor and chair of the Theatre Arts Department at LMU. "Her dedication to the development of new work and to theatre as a form of social justice, allowing students to engage in the community and use their art to make the world a better place, are in many ways the heart of what we do in LMU theatre."
In addition to her work in the Theatre Department, Royer is also director of the CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice, which was established at LMU in 2012 and is host to forums on social justice topics and is a resource for education and reflective action.
Bryant Keith Alexander, Dean, College of Communication and Fine Arts celebrates Sister Royer in her efforts of "expanding the social consciousness of the power of performance; coupling critical aesthetics with the arts that do justice." He adds, "Her presence in the Theatre program and at LMU is testament to the quality of an LMU education. I am pleased to have her as a faculty member, and even more so, the ability to call her a colleague and friend."