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Camden County College Faculty Win Statewide Theatre Awards


Two Camden County College faculty members have received 2011 Perry Awards for Excellence in New Jersey Theatre from the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters for a production staged on campus during the Spring 2011 semester.


Professor Marjorie Sokoloff of Pitman was honored in the Outstanding Direction of a Play category, and adjunct instructor and technician Donald Swenson of Pitman was honored in the Outstanding Sound Design for a Play category. Both were recognized for the 1960s hippy-themed Stages at Camden County College production of Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It.”


The same production received five other Perry Award nominations. These went to Stages at Camden County College in the Best Play of the Year category; alumna Alex Mays Ford of Runnemede in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play category; former CCC student Maria Panvini of Pine Hill and community member Benita Simpson of Glassboro in the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play category; and CCC student Ian Taylor of Erial in the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play category.


Last year, Sokoloff won the Perry Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for the Stages production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” In addition to being thrilled by all of this year’s nominations and her second win, she was particularly pleased about Swenson’s award.


“Don’s work here at the College is an invaluable part of the theatre program’s growth, Stages’ ongoing success and our students’ development,” she said. “I am so pleased that his contribution has been highlighted by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters and the Perry Awards.”


Earlier this fall, Sokoloff directed the Stages production of the Steve Martin comedy “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” She and Stages will next present Moliere’s comedy “The School for Wives.” For details about performances of this show, call (856) 227-7200, ext. 4737, or e-mail

Published: November 01, 2011