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2008 StageSource Scholarships Announced
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StageSource announces the awarding of 2008 StageSource Scholarship Awards to Tiffany Allen of Emerson College,Nelson Emig of Boston UniversityZach Handler of Brandeis UniversityEliza Rose Fichter of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, and Misaki Nishimiya of Rockport High School.  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 program 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.


“The level of work and passion for theatre presented by the applicants was exceptional,” commented StageSourceExecutive Director Jeff Poulos. “Selecting recipients from among such a talented pool proved to be a great challenge. The five students selected proved to be tremendously worthy, and we are pleased that they represent the future of American theatre. They are passionate, creative and intelligent, and they stand as excellent ambassadors representing theatre in Massachusetts. StageSource is proud to offer these scholarships as a way to encourage students to further their interests in the arts, especially at a time when arts education programs are being cut.”


The StageSource Scholarship Award recipients

Tiffany Allen is a junior at Emerson College, pursuing a degree in Stage and Production Management. She has worked as Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager or in other production jobs at Emerson Stage (Cloud TectonicsAssassins), Lyric Stage Company (Dying City), and Bad Habit Productions (Speed the Plow). In addition, as a high school student, she was a student liaison on the board of directors for Northwood Theatre Workshop (Northwood, NH) and served as a light technician with the Continental Singers on summer tours in 2004 and 2005.  Tiffany plans to pursue a career in Stage Management in Boston and work on tour with theatrical productions.


Nelson Emig is a junior at Boston University, pursuing a bachelors of fine arts in Lighting Design. He has worked as Lighting Designer and Assistant Lighting Designer at Boston University on productions of Sow and WeepRosencrantz & Guildenstern are DeadBefore Night FallsPlaying for Time, and Opera Scenes. In addition, he has worked as an Assistant Lighting Designer for Shining City at the Huntington Theatre Company, as Assistant Lighting Designer and Master Electrician for King of the Jews and Theresa at Home for Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and as an Electrician for Huntington Theatre Company and Lyric Stage Company. Nelson also received a Film diploma from the Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he was presented the 2004-2005 Brothers Quay Animation Award. Nelson has expressed an interest in continuing his work in lighting design in Boston and regional theatre and designing and developing shows that will move on to tour.


Eliza Rose Fichter is a Cambridge resident and will graduate from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in June. Eliza has performed on stage in productions at Boston area theatre companies including American Repertory Theatre, Theatre Zone, Market Theater, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, Huntington Theatre Company, Underground Railway Theater, and in the 2006 Boston Theater Marathon. In addition, she has performed at Cambridge Rindge and Latin in Alice and What She Found ThereJudevine (Outstanding Ensemble, Mass High School Drama Guild), Medea (Outstanding Performance, Mass High School Drama Guild), Ruth and Justine, and Guys and Dolls. Eliza also appeared in The Children’s Hour with Lynn Redgrave at the Shubert Theater in Boston and at Lincoln Center in New York. In 2002, Eliza received an Elliot Norton Award for her performances in four productions (ReasonOne Flea SpareThe Miracle Worker, and The Russian Tea Party) and received Best Actress nominations from the Independent Reviewers of New England in 2001 and 2005. Eliza plans to attend college in the fall to “broaden my understanding beyond the arts, to explore literature, history and science, and bring that back to my acting.”


Zach Handler is a junior at Brandeis University, anticipating degrees in Theatre Arts and Politics. As a performer, Zach has appeared at Brandeis in As You Like It (Brandeis Theater Company), The Three Musketeers (Brandeis Theatre Company with Double Edge Theater), Balm in Gilead (Brandeis Theater Company), Arsenic and Old Lace (Brandeis Players) and Urinetown (Tympanium Euphorium). In addition, Zach has performed in a variety of roles at the Parkway Theater and in the Comedy Sportz Troupe, and he has served in an internship with Boston Casting.


Misaki Nishimiya is a Gloucester resident and will graduate from Rockport High School in June. Misaki has worked professionally for Gloucester Stage Company as a production assistant on Widow’s Blind DateBelle of Amherst andPonies, as an actor in Wind in the Willows, and as a Box Office Assistant. At Rockport High School, she served as Lighting Designer, Light Board Operator, Master Electrician, Set Construction, Lighting Assistant or Scenic Painter for a number of productions including MuseumCompleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)Just SoStalker’s Anonymous,Richard CoryFather of the BrideAnything GoesGrease and God’s Country. Misaki has also worked in the community with Theatre in the Pines, supervising younger technicians at Rockport Middle School, and the 2007 Holiday Delights at Gloucester Stage. She plans to attend college in the fall and pursue a career in theatre.

updated May 13, 2008

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