The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Award
The Laurie Foundation provides scholarship grants for Circle students in the Two-Year Program 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.
Johari Menelik Frasier
“Getting a scholarship from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation allowed me to focus on my training while I was at Circle, and because I wasn’t stressed about finances, I was able to grow as an actor. Circle’s given me so much, and now I have the tools to be both physically and emotionally specific. I can just as easily activate my system using specific personal and sense memories as reach a heightened state through the use of movement unique to the situation I’m portraying. With the training Circle gave me, I was able to book two shows right after graduating, one of which had a limited run at an off-Broadway theater.” – Johari
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