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2009 StageSource Scholarships Announced
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(Boston, MA) – StageSource announces the awarding of 2009 StageSource Scholarship Awards to Ryan Anderson ofBoston UniversityDaniel Chavez of Brandeis University, Brittney Morello of Emerson CollegeTalene Monahon ofBuckingham Browne & Nichols School and Sophie Rich of The Winsor 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.

“StageSource is proud to be associated with such inspiring and accomplished young theatre artists,” commented StageSource Executive Director Jeff Poulos. “The five students selected proved to be tremendously worthy, drawn from a very talented pool of applicants. I am heartened to see a bright future of American theatre as embodied by our honorees. They each possess passion, commitment, artistry and ambition at such a young age, and they stand as excellent ambassadors representing theatre in Massachusetts. It is exciting to be able to encourage students to further their interests in the arts and to be witness to the incredible potential and hope these young adults have to offer.”


In addition to the five StageSource Scholarship Award recipients, review panelists named five Honorable Mentionrecipients who will each receive a one-year StageSource membership and a copy of The Source Directory 2007, a resource guide to theatre in Greater Boston. Honorable Mention designees are Michelle Hochberg of Tufts University,Meredith Mulcahy of Emmanuel CollegeMariah MacFarlane of Duxbury High SchoolMaxwell Pava of Newton South High School, and Jennie Rodriguez of Shrewsbury High School.


The StageSource Scholarship Award recipients

Ryan Anderson is a junior at Boston University, pursuing a degree in Stage Management with a minor concentration in Sound Design at the School of Theatre. He has worked as Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Sound Designer or in other production jobs at the Huntington Theatre Company (The Miracle at Naples), Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (Matt and BenThe PillowmanWhat the Butler SawHunter Gatherers), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (Miss Margaret LaRue…, Comp), Boston University (What the Butler Saw, Lizzie Stanton, Paper, Bug), and others. Ryan hopes to continue working in the Boston theatre community and is considering working in Chicago.


Daniel Chavez is a junior at Brandeis University, pursuing a bachelors of arts in Theatre Arts (Design). He has worked as Lighting Designer and Technician at Brandeis Theater Company, the Undergraduate Theater Collective at Brandeis, and at Berkshire Theater Festival on productions including Gypsy, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Once Upon a Mattress, subUrbia, Fools, I Hate Hamlet, The Fate of the Cockroach, The Importance of Being Earnest, and more. Daniel is a Justice Brandeis Scholar at Brandeis and has been named as a National Merit Scholar Dean’s List in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Daniel has expressed an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in Lighting Design at a school in the Boston area and making a career as a freelance designer.


Brittney Morello is a junior at Emerson College pursuing a bachelors of fine arts in Musical Theatre. Brittney has performed in roles at the Emerson College (Little Women, Lady Windermere’s Fan), Summer Theatre Meredith Village in New Hampshire (Carousel, Anything Goes, Buddy Holly Story), Worcester County Light Opera (Once Upon a Mattress), and Booth Repertoire Company (Lucky Stiff, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof). In addition, she has worked as a soloist and show captain on Spirit of Boston Cruises and appeared in the film “The Great Debaters”. Brittney anticipates attending local and national auditions and hopes to move to New York to pursue an acting career.


Talene Monahon is a Belmont resident and a senior at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge. Talene has performed in roles in BB&N’s drama program including Babes in Arms, Book of Days, Anyone Can Whistle, and All’s Well That Ends Well. In addition, she has performed at theatre companies in Greater Boston including with the Publick Theatre Young Company (The Taming of the Shrew), Reagle Players (Beauty and the Beast), Wellesley Players (The Wizard of Oz), Belmont Dramatic Club (The Secret Garden), The Footlight Club (Violet) and others. Talene was nominated in 2004 and 2005 as Best Child Actor in a Musical or Play by the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres.  In 2009, Talene was the winner of the Boston English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition and was first prize winner in the National Annual Shakespeare Competition. Talene will be studying at the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer Conservatory Program in Oxford, England, and she plans to attend Dartmouth College in the fall and major in theatre.


Sophie Rich is a Belmont resident and a senior at the Winsor School in Boston. Sophie has been a performer at a number of Greater Boston theatres including Foothills Theatre (To Kill a Mockingbird), New Repertory Theatre (Ragtime), SpeakEasy Stage Company (The Women, 2007 Best Ensemble award from Independent Reviewers of New England), Wheelock Family Theatre (Sara Crewe, The Trumpet of the Swan, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse), Huntington Theatre Company (The Rose Tatoo), Publick Theatre (Gypsy), Turtle Lane Playhouse (Annie), Arlington Friends of the Drama (Joseph…), Belmont Dramatic Club (The King and I), and others. Sophie has also appeared on stage at the Winsor School (Arsenic and Old LaceThe TempestThe WizTwelfth Night) and has appeared in several films. Sophie also studied at Boston University Summer Theatre Institute and abroad in Spoleto, Italy. She plans to attend Northwestern University’s School of Communications in the fall to study theatre.

updated May 13, 2009


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