Scholarship

2017 Jeffrey W. Scholarship Deadline
March 24, 2017

The Jeffrey W. Corriveau Scholarship is awarded in the amount of one (1) $1,000.00 scholarship per year to a graduating Southside Hampton Roads High School Senior. The scholarship can be in the following areas: performance, technical, theatre education. This scholarship is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in professional theatre or theatre education.
Application Deadline: March 24, 2017
Award Date: May 19, 2017
Information can be mailed in or submitted by email. In ALL cases all information MUST be submitted in one envelope and/or one email. (So if emailing please scan all documents in and send in one email.)

Scholarship Rules:
- Student must major or minor in theatre or theatre education.
- Student must use the scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year following graduation from high school.
- Must be attending an accredited college or university to receive the award. It is understood that you may not have yet been accepted to a college or university at time of the application deadline however, prior to payment you must show proof of acceptance to an accredited college or university.
- Payment of scholarship will be paid directly to the college or university not to the student.

General Requirements: 
- Must be a high school student graduating during the 2016-2017 school year.
- Must attend high school in one of the five (5) Hampton Roads Southside Cities of Norfolk, 
Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake or Suffolk.
- If you are selected for the Scholarship you will be given your award at the Opening Night of Chicago on May 19, 2017. Please keep that date available until you hear otherwise.

To Apply:
All applicants must provide the following: 
1. Complete Application Form (See the link at the bottom of this page).
2. 500-word essay (double spaced, 11 point font, Times Roman preferred.) More essay info below.
3. Resume including past roles, technical work in high school/community theatre etc.
4. 2 letters of recommendation (one from a director who is familiar with your work) (second from one of the following: guidance counselor, theatre director from an organization other than the applicant’s school, teacher in another discipline or administrator) 
5. Copy of report card or transcript. (All applicants must have at least a 2.0)

Essay Information:
Please include in the essay the following:
1. Why you are choosing a major/minor and/or career in theatre?
2. What do you feel you have learned in the arts or in productions over your time in school and how has it helped you grow as a person/artist?
3. How do you feel majoring in the arts will improve you as an individual? What do you feel you will have to offer to the art form or the community you will later serve/live in? 
4. What characteristics do you feel you have to offer your chosen discipline? What areas do you feel you need to grow as both an artist and individual?
5. Tell us something else about yourself you feel we should know or might want us to know in order to help us make a decision about you as a person that you may have not already mentioned.
(You do not have to answer these questions exactly as they are asked however this should give you an 
idea of what we as a committee are looking for to help us make a decision.)

Judging Criteria:
All applicants (performance and technical) will be judged on the following criteria.
- Content of essay 
- Resume 
- 2 letters of recommendation 
- Involvement in theatre – Little Theatre of Norfolk specifically. (not required but special consideration may be given.)
- Academic performance.

Please send all information to:
Via Email: Missy Sullivan at melissa.sullivan67@gmail.com
OR
Via Snail mail: Little Theatre of Norfolk 
Scholarship Committee
Attn: Dr. Melissa Sullivan
801 Claremont Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23507
Questions please contact Missy Sullivan at melissa.sullivan67@gmail.com

2016-2017 Committee Members 

Jeff Corriveau
Mr. Corriveau has worked in the arts for the past 25 years professionally and academically; directing, designing, acting and coaching more than 250 productions throughout the U.S. He has worked with in many styles of the performing arts from Musical Theatre to Opera and Ballet to National Tours. He received his M.F.A. from Lindenwood University, in Directing, an M.A. from the University of Maine Orono, in Theatre History and Criticism, and his B.A. from Franklin Pierce College, in Performance/Directing and Scenic Design/Stage Management. Mr. Corriveau has had the pleasure of working professionally with such notables as former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Julie Andrews, Lily Tomlin, Gregory Hines, Bruno Kirby, Ed Begley, Jr. and Bill Cosby in both television and stage performances. He has taught Acting, Voice/Diction and Dialects, Theatre History, Stagecraft and Multicultural Theatre at various theatres, colleges and universities across the country. Mr. Corriveau published his work WAITING FOR GODOT: A VAUDEVILLIAN APPROACH, has presented workshops at The Kennedy Center in conjunction with Opera for Youth on Creating an Interactive Residency and Incorporating the Arts into Your State Curriculum and at the National Opera America Conference on Developing Audiences and the Next Generation. He continues to work as an educator for the Kids Voting U.S.A. programs Destination Democracy and Civics Alive! Mr. Corriveau has co-created two Virginia Opera programs I Hear America Singing! and History Alive! Mr. Corriveau has received awards from the Kennedy Center for his Scenic Designs of WEST SIDE STORY and HURLYBURLY, a Portfolio Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy and has been nominated for the National Arts Medal and twice for an Alli Award.  Mr. Corriveau also taught as adjunct faculty for Christopher Newport University and is a Past President
 
John Brewington
John Brewington is the Fine Arts Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools where he oversees music education and theatre for 85 schools.  He is in his 10th season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Tidewater Winds, a professional concert band in the Sousa tradition, conducting more than 20 concerts annually.  Mr. Brewington is in his 30th year in public education that has included positions as director of bands at Kempsville Middle School in Virginia Beach and as adjunct professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2013, Mr. Brewington received the National Administrator of the Year Award from the Educational Theatre Association for his distinguished contributions and service to educational theater. In 2014 he was named Virginia Theatre Educator of the Year by the Virginia Theatre Association.  Mr.  Brewington has performed in and led pit orchestras throughout his career, including performances of; Godspell, Carrousel, Chicago, The Music Man, The Princess and the Pea, and dozens of church musicals and holiday pageants.  Additionally, he produced and conducted the 50th Anniversary Celebration of West Side Story with the Visual and Performing Arts Academy from Salem High School.

Betsy Forrest 
Ms. Forrest received her B.A. and her M.A. in Choral Music Education from Radford University. She taught choral music in the Hampton City Public Schools for 34 years. During her teaching career, Miss Forrest's choirs consistently received excellent and superior ratings  at a variety of regional, state, national festivals. Miss Forrest was the founder and director of  the Hampton All-City Ensemble. This group performed throughout the Tidewater area and was the featured vocal ensemble at the National Convention of The Association of Secondary School Administrators in New Orleans, Louisiana. Miss Forrest has been a member of the Peninsula Community Theatre for over twenty years. She currently serves as the Recording Secretary of the PCT Board of Directors and is a past president of the board. As an active member of PCT, Miss Forrest has been the musical director for over twenty musicals, and has also performed onstage at PCT, Poquoson Island Players, and the Williamsburg Players. Currently, Miss Forrest is a member of the adjunct faculty at Christopher Newport University where she supervises music student interns and Is a guest lecturer.

Travis Malone 
Dr. Malone received his PhD in Theatre from Bowling Green State University. As a theatre and film professional, Travis has directed and acted in productions across the country. Prior to his doctoral work, Travis worked in Los Angeles writing television commercials for Disney, Fox, and Rhino Records; producing music videos for Disney; and developing creative content for DVDs and trade show promotions. Travis continues to act and direct in the Hampton Roads area.  Travis’ research main area of research is in the intersection between film and theatre, specifically in how productions and artists negotiate the differences in performance and production styles between the two. In addition, Travis teaches courses in Technical Theatre, Acting, Acting for the Camera, Directing, Voice and Movement, and Theatre History.

Missy Sullivan 
Miss Sullivan is currently the gifted resource teacher at First Colonial High School in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Prior to First Colonial, Miss Sullivan has been a theatre teacher at Kempsville High School as well as the drama coach at Kempsville Middle School. She has been a member of The Little Theatre of Norfolk for seven years and has served as a board member for six of those years. Missy also owns and is the director of a non-profit organization, Spotlight Productions, which is a program that was developed to provide musical theatre experience for young learners. Missy earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Towson University, her master’s degree in administration and supervision from Bowie University, a master’s degree in gifted education from University of Connecticut, a theatre endorsement from Virginia Wesleyan College, and received her PhD in curriculum and instruction from Old Dominion University.
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Tom Wilk,
Nov 1, 2016, 5:22 PM