Awards and Opportunities

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Villanova University Theatre Department offers many opportunities and awards:

In addition to our Assistantships and Scholarships, many of our students apply and are chosen for internships occurring both in the summer and during the school year at professional theatre companies throughout the city. The Sue Winge Internship in Arts Marketing connects one of our students with the Arden Theatre, working with the Marketing Director to gain hands-on professional experience.

Awards for Incoming Students

This fund was established in the memory of Patricia A. Maskinas ’76 with the purpose of providing an annual stipend to a graduate theatre student who demonstrates financial need, talent and promise. The recipient of this scholarship shall be selected by the Chair of the Theatre Department.

This endowment will be used to provide supplemental financial support in the form of a one-time scholarship to a graduate student in the Theatre Department who has demonstrated academic merit. Recipients of the scholarship will be selected by the Chair of the Theatre Department.

This fund was created by Joseph C. Franzetti Jr. ’78 and Patricia M. Franzetti ’78 and will provide financial support in the form of a one-time scholarship to a graduate student in the Theatre Department who demonstrates academic talent. The recipient will be chosen by the Chair of the Theatre Department in consultation with the Director of Financial Assistance.

The Susan Trimble Schaeffer Scholarship fund was established in her memory by her husband Eric J. Schaeffer. This scholarship will be awarded for one academic year and will provide financial support to an academically talented full-time graduate student in the Department of Theatre and Studio Art with the potential for a future in Theatre. The recipient will be selected by the Chair of the Theatre Department in consultation with the Director of Financial Assistance and will strive to carry on the legacy of Susan Trimble Schaeffer by embodying the characteristics of professionalism and creative talent.

Awards for Current Students

The Brian G. ’67, ’70 Morgan Endowed Theatre Award is funded by Mary Anne Carlson Morgan and donors in the memory of her late husband Brian G. Morgan, ’67, ’70, an actor, director and teacher. Students in their final year of graduate study within the MA Theatre program may be nominated by a faculty member and voted on by VTD faculty and staff. The recipient of this award should carry on the legacy of Brian Morgan and embody the following characteristics:

  • Professionalism on and off the stage
  • Superlative creative talent
  • Generosity of spirit
  • Commitment to ensemble work

This honor is awarded annually following the designated Brian Morgan Benefit Night performance. The recipient will receive a monetary award.

In honor of Sally Curley, beloved volunteer and friend of VTD for over 25 years, The Sally Curley Service Award is awarded to a second-year graduate student in their final semester. Nominations are solicited from VTD faculty, staff, and students and voted on my faculty and staff.

The recipient of this award should embody the following characteristics:

  • Service to the Department
  • Volunteerism
  • Working towards the greater good
  • Generosity and a positive attitude

At the annual Graduate Showcase, the recipient of this award will receive the Sally Curley Service Medallion, to be worn at graduation.

This scholarship was 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 VTD Chair in consultation with the Director of Financial Assistance. The scholarship will be awarded once per academic year. The recipient will receive a monetary award.

The Brian G. ’67, ’70 and Mary Ann Carlson ‘70 Morgan Endowed Theatre Scholarship will be awarded to a second year graduate student in the theatre program who demonstrates financial need and theatre-related promise.

Competitions & Fellowships

Over the past three seasons, Villanova Theatre has welcomed a visiting playwright to campus to develop a new play in collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students, culminating in a professionally-directed New Works Reading in late spring. In the coming year, this program will merge with the Department’s Sue Winge Playwriting Competition, which has annually awarded a play development opportunity to a Villanova alum, student, staff or faculty member. Looking forward, we plan to establish a rotating cycle that will alternately accommodate invited guest playwrights and the submission- based competitive process for Villanovans only. Look for an announcement about the spring, 2020 New Works Reading during the school year!

The Studio Production is an opportunity for second year M.A. in Theatre candidates to produce a student run production.  The intention of this production is to provide a creative opportunity to advance the experience of our students.  Consequently, student directors and their production team will receive access to the resources of the costume, props and set shops, to be determined with the VTD staff.  The Studio Production should utilize student actors, designers, and technical crews. 

Students may apply for and receive a Summer Research Fellowship each summer for projects they devise based on their studies in our program. This fellowship is offered from the Dean of Graduate Studies on a competitive basis.

Also offered through Graduate Studies is a Travel Award, which aids students in paying for work and conference opportunities.

Department of Theatre and Studio Art
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
St. Augustine Center Room 205
Villanova, PA 19085
610-519-4760