Each year, the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival works hand-in-hand with the Grand Valley School of Communications theatre major to financially assist students who demonstrate outstanding commitment to dramatic art, particularly in connection with Shakespeare Festival operations. This support amounts to more than $15,000 annually and often enhances other forms of financial aid that students receive.
Recipients of these awards work with the Shakespeare Festival in some capacity-as actors, stage managers, stage technicians, musicians, directors, designers, or arts managers. In some cases, the awards extend beyond the festival season and into Grand Valley's winter theatre season of plays and dance concerts. Students are able to learn while doing as they apply theoretical skills learned in the classroom to practical production assignments.
Shakespeare Festival scholarships are funded both by Grand Valley and by the public through their private contributions to the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival. Awards are made by the Shakespeare Festival committee in the spring and fall.
The Shakespeare Scholarship
Shakespeare Production Assistantships
Erin Feiner (Wardrobe Assistant)
Jason Flannery (Costume Shop Assistant)
Matt Fowler (Scene Shop Assistant)
Kathryn Richardson (Scene Shop Assistance Painting)
Kerissa Bradley (Production Assistant)
Amanda Furstenberg (Schools and Catering Coordinator)