RIC student receives first-ever Maltby Award for Musical Theatre Excellence at American College Theatre Festival  

Naysh Fox performs at RIC President Nancy Carriuolo's mid-year review on Feb. 15.
Naysh Fox, a junior musical theatre major at Rhode Island College, received the first-ever Richard Maltby Jr. Award for Musical Theatre Excellence at the American College Theatre Festival, held at Fitchburg State University from Jan. 24-29.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 1 award recognizes outstanding musical theatre performance by a student in a higher education musical theatre production.

For his award, Fox received a full scholarship to Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project at the University of South Florida, where in July he will study with notable performers such as Ben Vereen.

Last January, he was a finalist in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition at the American College Theatre Festival, and he performed “No Time At All” from “Pippin” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Fox has appeared in RIC productions as Woof in “Hair,” the title character in “Pippin,” Nick in “Fame,” and will play Robert in the upcoming musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Fox is also a member of the Rhode Island College Dance Company. This month, he appeared with other RIC students in the dance “Dueling Isms,” one of 10 dances chosen for the Gala Performance sponsored by the American College Dance Festival Association.