MASSACHUSETTS STUDENTS NAMED RECIPIENTS OF
2010 STAGESOURCE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
(Boston, MA) – StageSource announces the awarding of 2010 StageSource Scholarship Awards to Betsy Selman ofEmerson College, Bryan Prywes of Brandeis University, and Michael ‘MJ’ Halberstadt, of Emerson College, who is the recipient of the Jack Welch Scholarship Award, named for one of the founding board members of StageSource, long-time Managing Director of Baker’s Plays and champion of aspiring playwrights. Additionally, 2010 StageSource Scholarship Awards have been awarded to two high school students, Allie Glickman, from Newton South High School, and Rebecca Turner, from the Bromfield School (Harvard, MA). Each award includes a $500 prize and a one-year StageSource membership.
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.
“Each year, the StageSource review panel finds inspiration from the talented pool of young theatre artists that apply,” commented StageSource Executive Director Jeff Poulos. “The five students selected are great examples of the vibrant and exciting future of theatre. They possess passion, intelligence, artistry and ambition at such a young age, and they stand as excellent ambassadors representing theatre in Massachusetts. We are proud to be associated with them.”
In addition to the StageSource Scholarship Award recipients, review panelists named three Honorable Mention recipients who will each receive a one-year StageSource membership. Honorable Mention designees are Jane Bradley of Mount Holyoke College, Katherine Charleton of Emerson College, and Kaity Neagle of Emerson College.
The StageSource Scholarship Award recipients
Betsy Selman is a student at Emerson College, pursuing a degree in Stage and Production Management. Betsy has worked as Production Supervisor, Assistant Stage Manager, Company Manager, Production Assistant or in other production jobs at Emerson (Into the Woods, Illyria, Incorruptible, The Hundred Dresses), Berkshire Theatre Festival (Macbeth, The Last Five Years, Sick, Candide, A Man for All Seasons), and Westport County Playhouse in the Joanne Woodward Apprentice Program (David Copperfield). Betsy plans to continue working in theatre and upon graduation in 2011 hopes to seek out opportunities at various regional theatres throughout the country to become a better stage manager.
Bryan Prywes is a student at Brandeis University, pursuing a double major in Theatre Design and Art History. Bryan has worked as a set designer, scenic charge, and assistant scene designer on productions at Brandeis (The Dybbuk, Company, Anything Goes, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Misanthrope) as well as a Props Designer and Master (25th Annual Spelling Bee, M. Butterfly, Mario Brothers: The Musical, Big Love). In addition, Bryan has served as a technical intern at the Gateway Playhouse in Long Island, NY, as Production/Technical Director for Camp Kiwi, and will have a Scenic Design Assistantship at Berkshire Theatre Festival. Brian is also a theatre and movie reviewer for Brandeis’ newspaper The Justice.
Michael ‘MJ’ Halberstadt (recipient of the Jack Welch Scholarship Award) is a student at Emerson College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Education. MJ has worked as a playwright on a number of pieces including Asymmetry,Lethologica, Ten, and Lorraine is Better than Grey. He is the winner of a Young Playwrights National Playwriting competition in 2008, which culminated in a professional staged reading of his original play, Video is an Endangered Species, at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York. His writings have been published in John Hopkins University ‘imagine’ Magazine (Wannabe Gets a Shot, Nov/Dec 2009) and Thread Anthology (Creep, Spring 2010; Joel Shakespeare, Spring 2008). In addition to his writing, MJ has served as Director, Assistant Director or Producer for RareWorks (The Little Dog Laughed, 30 Neo-Futurist Plays, I Hate Hamlet, Ten) and Emerson Stage (Laramie Epilogue: Ten Years Later), and at Kidding Around, as an actor (Linus, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). MJ has worked as a drama specialist and counselor at Sunrise Day Camp and served as an intern at SpeakEasy Stage Company, and he will be spending fall 2010 student-teaching.
Allie Glickman is a Newton resident and a senior at Newton South High School. Allie has performed in roles in Newton and at Walnut Hill for productions including Sweet Charity, South Stage Cabaret 2009, Zombie Prom, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Dining Room, Peter Pan, and Happenstance. In addition, for Newton’s South Stage she served as director forWhy Do We Laugh and Cecilia, and in 2009, she attended Northwestern’s National High School Institute’s Theatre Arts program, Cherubs. Allie plans to attend American University in the fall in a program called the University College, where she intends to take classes in theatre.
Rebecca Turner is a resident of Harvard, MA, and a senior at the Bromfield School. Becca has performed in roles at Bromfield including Peter Pan (Peter), Barnum (Chairy Barnum), The Music Man (Maud Dunlop), Alarms & Excursions(Lynn), London Suite (Diana), and Hayfever (Sorel). At Bromfield, she competed in the Mass. High School Drama Guild’s annual festival and received acting awards for her work in Defying Gravity, Misconception, Wiley & The Hairy Man, and received first place for the monologue competition in 2010. Becca also performed with North Shore Music Theatre’s Stage 4 in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Oliver, and with Village Theatre Project in Children of Eden. Becca plans to pursue theatre at college in 2010.
About Jack Welch:
Jack is the former Managing Director and Chief Editor of Baker's Plays. Born and raised in New Hampshire, he is a graduate of Emerson College. Jack was Associate Manager at Beverly's North Shore Music Theatre for seven years prior to joining Baker's Plays. He was one of the founders of the Boston Resident Theatre Association, American Premiere Stage, and StageSource. He has been a theatre panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council on the Arts and Humanities, as well as a panelist for the Boston Cultural Council, and has been chair of the Professional Theatre Division of the New England Theatre Conference. Jack has been a guest speaker for the American Theatre Association and The Dramatists Guild. Former board member of the Boston Shakespeare Company, he continues to be a strong advocate for Boston theatre by Bostonians. He is the author of two musicals, She-Boppin' which played at the Wilbur Theatre for over 4 months, and the published Aaron Slick. He is currently working on another musical project entitled 100% Lucille. He has been elected to the College of Fellows of NETC and is the first recipient of the StageSource Theatre Hero Award. In September 2009, Jack stepped down from the StageSource board of directors after serving for 25 years, since its founding.
updated May 5, 2010