Brandon McShaffrey, resident stage director at Temple University, is the winner of The American Prize in DIRECTING—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize (college/university opera division—larger program), 2021, for L'elisir d'amore. Brandon was selected from applications reviewed recently from across the United States. The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is the nation's most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the musical and theater arts, unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.

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