2015 Jeffrey W. Scholarship Deadline
March 27, 2015
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 27, 2015
Award Date: May 22, 2015
Information can be mailed in or submitted by email. In ALL cases all information MUST be submitted in
one envelop and/or one email. (So if emailing please scan all documents in and send in one email.)
- Student must major or minor in theatre or theatre education.
- Student must use the scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year following graduation from
- 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.
- Must be a high school student graduating during the 20114-2015 school year.
- Must attend high school in one of the five (5) Hampton Roads Southside Cities of Norfolk,
Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake or Suffolk.
All applicants must provide the following:
1. Complete Application Form Click Here to Download
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)
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.)
All applicants (performance and technical) will be judged on the following criteria.
- Content of essay
- 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: Chris Hogan at email@example.com
Via Snail mail: Little Theatre of Norfolk
801 Claremont Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23507
Questions please contact Chris Hogan firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Committee Members
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
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
WAITINGFOR 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
Lisa Wigginton Alejo
Lisa Wigginton Alejo currently serves as the executive director of the Business Consortium for
Arts Support, a granting organization that serves over 32 arts organizations in South Hampton
Roads. Previously she worked as the Capital Campaign Coordinator for the Sandler Center
for the Performing Arts, and in administrative capacities for Virginia Opera and Virginia Stage
Company. Lisa has a life-long passion for the arts, especially live theatre, beginning in high
school and as a theatre major at Radford University.
Betsy 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 through out the Tidewater area and
was the featured vocal ensemble at the National Convention of The Association of Secondary
School Administrators in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since her retirement Miss Forrest has been
guest conductor for a variety of choral festivals and consistently serves as an adjudicator for a
number of local, state, and national festivals. 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, most recently
Les Miserables, 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. She is
also interim Chancel Choir Director at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Poquoson.
Chris Hogan is a distinguished performer, director and actor in the Tidewater area. He has
performed professionally across the United States including California, Virginia and Washington
D.C. Chris holds an Associates degree in Performance Theater from Tidewater Community
College and is continuing his education at Old Dominion University as a Theater Education
major and hopes to teach Dramatic Arts in the Virginia Beach Public School system. He has
been very active over the years with public speaking, forensics and also as an adjudicator for
the Virginia Theatre Conferences. He has received numerous awards for his performances
including Best Actor in Virginia in 1991. Chris has worked for Disney World and Kings Dominion
as a principal dancer.