Departmental Awards & Opportunities

I. Awards

a. The Brian G. Morgan ’67, ’70 Endowed Theatre Award

The Brian G. Morgan ’67 ’70 Endowed Theatre Award is awarded annually to a second-year graduate student following the designated Brian Morgan Benefit Night performance.  The recipient of this award should embody the following characteristics:

Professionalism on and off the stage

Unmatched creative talent

Generosity of spirit

Commitment to ensemble work

Consideration for this award will be given to students who have completed one year of graduate study within the Theatre Department.  Students may be nominated by a faculty member and voted on by Theatre Department faculty and staff.  The recipient will receive a monetary award.

b. The Belle Masque Scholarship

Established in Memory of Rev. William J. Krupa, OSA, ’41 by Dorothy Ann and Bernard A. Coyne, Ph.D. ‘55

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to academically talented theatre students. Recipients will be selected by the Chair of the Theatre Department in consultation with the Director of Financial Assistance.  The scholarship will be awarded for one academic year. The recipient will receive a monetary award.

c. The Sally Curley Service Award

This award is given to a second-year graduate student in their final semester. The recipient of this award should embody the following characteristics:

Service to the Department

Volunteerism

Working towards the greater good

Generosity

Positive attitude

Students are nominated and selected by Theatre Department faculty and staff. The recipient of this award will receive the Sally Curley Service Medallion, to be worn at graduation. 

d. The Sue Winge Playwriting Competition

The Villanova Theatre Department holds a yearly playwriting competition, offered exclusively to Villanova students, alumni, faculty and staff. The goal of this competition is to foster creative endeavors within the Villanova arts community. The funding and support for this project will be provided by the Sue Winge Playwriting Grant. A play will be chosen for a staged reading with actors and a director and a stipend will be awarded to the playwright. 

The Sue Winge Playwriting Grant and competition was established in memory of beloved Villanova University employee, Sue Winge, who served the university for many years in the Theatre Department and the President’s Office.

II. Practical and Scholarly Opportunities

a. The Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium (PTRS)

The goal of the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium is to provide a forum for theatre scholars and practitioners to share their research and enter into a dialogue about current trends in theatrical practice and scholarship.

This conference is conceived and implemented by Villanova Theatre each spring. Some students taking “Theatre Topics: Gender and Politics” may be chosen to present papers at the conference as well. 

For more information, click here:

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/theatre/symposium.html 

b. Study Abroad Grant to Intern at the Abbey Theatre

The Villanova University-Abbey Theatre Exchange Program will provide a grant to a Villanova student to intern at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland during the summer season.  Junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences at Villanova University are eligible.  A grade point average of at least 3.0 is required.

The paid internship will begin at the end of May and continue for eight weeks into July. The student will work alongside theatre professionals in the day-to-day operations of Ireland’s national theatre and help develop an innovative summer program for theater students. 

Founded in 1904, the Abbey Theatre is a world-class institution that actively engages and reflects Irish society.  It is also one of the most enduring institutions in literary history and has long occupied an important place in Irish emigrant cultures around the world.

For more information, click here: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/theatre/abbey.html 

c. Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF or ACTF)

Actors, Designers, Dramaturgs, and Stage Managers involved in Villanova Theatre’s fall shows may be chosen to represent Villanova Theatre at ACTF to compete for artistic excellence.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

In January of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs. 

For more information, click here:

http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/actf/ 


Spotlight On: The Brian Morgan Award

The Brian G. Morgan ’67 ’70 Endowed Theatre Award is awarded annually by the Villanova Theatre department to an outstanding member of the Master of Arts in Theatre program. The recipient, selected by Theatre Department faculty and staff, is identified by his or her passion for theatre, and by an ability to bring something more than talent and diligence to the work of theatre. It is that “something more” that carries on the legacy of Brian G. Morgan in the Villanova community and beyond. Please see our list of past recipients.

If you would like to contribute to the Brian G. Morgan ’67 ’70 Fund, please contact Janet Duffy, coordinator of Gift & Pledge Processing at 610-519-4573 or at janet.duffy@villanova.edu. To make a gift to Villanova online, please see the online gift form.

About Brian G. Morgan

“He lived his life 150%. He never wanted anything short of that.”

This description by the brother of Brian G. Morgan, actor, artist, and inspirational human being, attests to the zeal with which Brian attacked theatre in his roles from Shakespearean plays to summer stock and murder mystery productions. He combined his love of acting and keen sense of wit with his talent for writing and directing; but he devoted equal passion to his love for teaching.

Mr. Morgan graduated from Villanova in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, after which he began studies for a Master’s in Political Science. But his love of the theatre drew him back to the Arts department, where he finished in 1970 with his Master of Arts in Theatre. Mr. Morgan’s prolific appearances on stages included those at Villanova University, Missouri Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, the Palace Hotel in Philadelphia, Bermuda’s Belmont Hotel, the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, People’s Light and Theatre Company in Malvern, PA, the Philadelphia Theater Company, and the Philadelphia New Play Festival.

He played a role in the CBS mini-series George Washington and also spent the major part of a year portraying Benjamin Franklin in the performance of Four Little Pages. The play was a history of the Constitution, performed several times a day outside Independence Hall and before the US Congress at the celebration of the Bicentennial of the Constitution in 1987. However, Morgan’s calling as a charismatic and powerful teacher enabled him to encourage a love of the theatre in his students at West Catholic High School, Radnor High School (where he established the drama program), Pennsylvania State University, Walnut Street Theatre School, Cabrini College, Temple University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
 

About Brian G. Morgan

Mr. Morgan graduated from Villanova in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, after which he began studies for a Master’s in Political Science. But his love of the theatre drew him back to the Arts department, where he finished in 1970 with his Master of Arts in Theatre. Mr. Morgan’s prolific appearances on stages included those at Villanova University, Missouri Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, the Palace Hotel in Philadelphia, Bermuda’s Belmont Hotel, the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, People’s Light and Theatre Company in Malvern, PA, the Philadelphia Theater Company, and the Philadelphia New Play Festival.

photo of Brian G. Morgan

Watch a short film about Brian, produced
by the Theatre Department in 2009.