CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
Two-Year Professional Workshops
The Theodore Mann Scholarship – Each school year, scholarships and a copy of Theodore Mann's celebrated memoir Journeys In The Night are awarded to first-year applicants with financial need who display a high level of talent, creativity and potential.
Theodore Mann (1924-2012) was co-founder of Circle in the Square Theatre in 1951 and he founded the Theatre School in 1961. He served as artistic director for both organizations from 1961 until 2012. Along with Jose Quintero and later Paul Libin, Theodore Mann produced 200 plays and musicals on and off-Broadway. In the process he discovered and gave opportunity to several award-winning acting and playwriting newcomers later recognized as major talents. Mr. Mann paved the way for hundreds of theater careers and was always eager to advise and support the development of emerging performers.
The Patrick J. Patek Scholarship Award – This award is granted as a full or partial scholarship annually to select students who have shown both artistic merit, as well as financial need. This award is intended to assist students in support of their studies in the theatre school's Professional Training Program.
This scholarship is in honor of Mr. Patek's generosity of spirit as a board member and guiding force of the Circle in the Square Theatre School. Mr. Patek was a longtime supporter of actors and theatre.
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Scholarship – The Laurie Foundation provides scholarship grants for Circle students who not only exhibit outstanding ability but also have demonstrated financial need.
Blanche and Irving Laurie were longtime supporters of the theatre and of actors.
The Geraldine Stutz Trust – This scholarship is awarded to select students of the program who have demonstrated financial need and dedication to their studies.
Geraldine Stutz transformed Henri Bendel to become the most renowned women's store in the world. She was a long time benefactor of the arts and a supporter of Andy Warhol.
The Theodore Mann Scholarship – Summer scholarships and Theodore Mannís memoir are awarded using the same criteria and announcement schedule described in the Two-Year section above.
The Teens on Broadway Scholarship – Full scholarships with stipends for travel and lunch are provided to selected NYC"-area" performing arts high school students who have been recommended by the theater department of their schools. Current sponsors include The Pinkerton Foundation and The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation.
August Wilson Monologues Competition Scholarships – A limited number of $500 scholarships are awarded to regional and national finalists. Only AWMC finalists are eligible.
THEODORE MANN SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
"It is incredibly humbling to receive an award of this magnitude: the Theodore Mann Scholarship. With Circle in the Square Theatre School being a prestigious, challenging, and enriching program - I am truly grateful to have the sincere support in order to further uphold the legacy of greatness in every aspect of theater and my craft in it." - Matthew
Matthew Griffin has been involved in professional music and theater for a number of years. The arts has led him to perform shows in various cities in the U.S., Korea, Ecuador, France, and cruise ships. He has also had the opportunity of performing in concert with Roberta Flack, Josh Groban, NFL openings, and at the grand opening of the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is thrilled to continue and enrich his studies in theater and music at Circle in the Square Theatre School.
"It is a huge honor to receive an award in association with Theodore Mann, one of Broadway's and the American Theater's greatest luminaries. Circle in the Square Theatre School has given me more than I could have dreamed of in just seven weeks of training. I can now move forward confidently, and I attribute that to Theodore Mann's contributions, and to his vision remaining true in this wonderful professional training program!" - Hallie
Hallie Jordan is an actress and the founder of "Small Red Star Productions," a production company that facilitates creative collaboration among artists involved. Through the creation of her own degree from University of Redlands for "The Ontology of Performance," Hallie has traveled the world to better her understanding of creative expression in different cultures. She continues to involve herself in every aspect of the arts, every chance she gets, as there is always something new to learn. She has starred in several independent features and will be announcing a role in a major film in the new year.
"I am beyond thrilled to be training at The Circle in the Square this summer and am honored to be the recipient of a scholarship dedicated to Theodore Mann, whose passion for the arts led him to give aspiring actors like myself an opportunity to pursue their dreams!" - Jenna
Jenna Davi originated the role of Mimi Santiago in Mrs. Smith and Carlyle: To Mars & Back Again at the Ground Floor, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and as the Boy in Henry IV Part 2 at Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Film/TV: Karen in Barrio Brawler, I (Almost) Got Away With It and Looking. Keep an eye out for her on Bigelow Tea and Asics ads and Toyota, T-Mobil and Olive Garden Commercials. Other than performing, Jenna is an avid surfer and enjoys training in the Martial Arts.
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