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20th annual Patti Pace Performance Festival to be held on Armstrong Campus

Patti Pace Performance Festival
Photo credit: Lauryn Robertson

The 20th Patti Pace Performance Festival, a non-competitive performance festival that allows students and professionals from different schools to work together to create and workshop a performance, will be held on Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus in Jenkins Hall Jan. 31- Feb. 1.

This year’s theme is “Moving Photographs: Performing Our Storied Histories.” Participants will be led by Georgia Southern alumna, Melanie Kitchens O’Meara, who is currently an assistant professor at Augusta University. O’Meara has acted as the festival organizer since 2008. 

“Our students will be fortunate to have a festival workshop and performance experience under O’Meara’s guidance,” said festival coordinator and associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts Rebecca Kennerly, Ph.D. “She has provided a steady hand, strong continuity and inspiration as the festival traveled year-to-year to different host universities.”

Patti Pace Performance Festival was originally created by Patricia Pace, a former professor and theatre director at Georgia Southern University. The Department of Communication Arts aims to continue Pace’s legacy and bringing the festival to a new audience on the Armstrong Campus.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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