THREE STUDENTS RECEIVE STAGESOURCE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
THREE MASSACHUSETTS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
NAMED RECIPIENTS OF
2007 STAGESOURCE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
(June 13, 2007, Boston, MA) – StageSource announces the awarding of 2007 StageSource Scholarship Awards to Gabrielle Aguillon-Hatcher of Medford, Max Bisantz of Lowell, and Olivia C. Hanson of Milton. Each award includes a $500 prize, a one-year StageSource membership and a copy of The Source Directory 2007, a resource guide to theatre in Greater Boston.
The StageSource Scholarship Awards, a new program launched in spring 2007, is part of the StageSource Education Initiative for ongoing outreach to area students pursuing interests in theatre. Scholarship applicants were evaluated for demonstrated exceptional artistic and intellectual achievements in the theatre, excellence of character, and a focus and commitment to theatre. In addition, award recipients have indicated an intention to pursue theatre at an institution of higher learning.
“The quality of applicants was outstanding,” commented StageSource Executive Director Jeff Poulos. “The review panel had a challenging and, at times, difficult process in selecting recipients due to the exceptional nature of the applicants. These three students are excellent examples of the type of student soon to be the future of American theatre: creative thinkers, passionate, intelligent and leaders. Encouraging students to further their interests in the arts at a time when arts education programs are being cut is important to us and any little bit that we can contribute to the effort adds value to the whole.”
StageSource originally intended to award only two scholarships. However, the panel felt that there were many strong applicants, and after a recent anonymous donor increased her charitable contribution specifically to augment the pool of funds available for the StageSource Education Initiative, the panel selected three recipients. In addition, the review panel named a number of StageSource Scholarship Honorable Mention designees who will each receive a one-year StageSource membership and a copy of The Source Directory 2007. Honorable Mention designees include: Sharon Caplan (Boston), Devin Jeffers (Salem), Mary Mallen (Concord), Lily Narbonne (Lancaster), John Oxenford(Cambridge), and Anika Seidman-Gati (Melrose).
The StageSource Scholarship Award recipients
Gabrielle Aguillon-Hatcher is a Medford resident and graduated from Medford High School. She has performed, designed make-up and sets, stage managed, and served back stage as a crew person for productions at several area theatres including Turtle Lane Playhouse (Newton), Hovey Players (Waltham), the Boston Theatre Marathon 2007, and the Wang Center Performance Project & Internship Program (Boston). In addition, Gabrielle has been recognized for her work as an artist and photographer, and was named a Silver Key recipient in photography for the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Award in 2007. Gabrielle plans to attend University of Massachusetts, Boston, in the fall.
Max Bisantz is a Lowell resident and graduated from Lowell High School. Max has appeared on stage as an actor with ImprovBoston, Acme Theater Festival (Maynard), Vokes Players (Wayland), Concord Youth Theater, Image Theater (Lowell), Playwrights’ Platform (Boston), Theatre III (Acton) and Hovey Players (Waltham) as well as at the Middlesex School in Concord. In addition, Max has performed with the Lowell High School Choir as a featured soloist, the All-State Musical Festival (Boston), All-Eastern Musical Festival (Hartford, CT), and received recognition as a Best Male Soloist with Shepard Hill Regional Music Festival (Dudley, MA). Max plans to attend New York University’s Tisch School and the Atlantic Theater Company studio in the fall.
Olivia C. Hanson is a Milton resident and a graduate of The Forman School in Connecticut. Olivia has performed on stage with Stonehill College, the Forman School (CT), Boston Children’s Theater, the Wang Center (Boston), and has participated in the Wheelock College Summer Arts Program, Wang Center’s audition program, and Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University. She received numerous awards and recognition while at the Forman School including the Julie Ripley Forman Award for top female student, was a member of the National Honor Society, and was a member and co-captain of the Girls Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse Teams. Olivia plans to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
For more information, contact StageSource at (617) 720-6066.