Scholarships & Awards
Robert Lo Bianco Scholarship
The Hunter College Department of Theatre awards $2500 Robert LoBianco scholarships to undergraduate theatre majors who demonstrate academic merit and need. The scholarship was established by Bob’s family in 1991 to honor the memory of his theatre work at Hunter College.
The Patty & Jay Baker Theatre Fund
Through the extraordinary gift of Patty and Jay Baker, the Baker Fund will support undergraduate Theatre Majors through the following initiatives: Student Internships—to work with professional theatre companies; the Baker Fellows—to support selected students working backstage on departmental productions; Visiting Artists/Guest Speakers—inviting professionals to speak with students on working in the Theatre; the Baker Production Fund—to support theatre productions between semesters; and Theatre Tickets Funds—for our students to attend shows from Broadway to Bushwick.
A number of other awards, generally in the $150/$250 range, are also given to Theatre majors who excel in particular areas such as:
Vera M. Roberts Award
Charles Elson Award
Tyrone Guthrie Award
Walter Prichard Eaton Award
John Gassner Award
Theatre Workshop Award
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Under the guidance of faculty mentors, students research and apply for internships that will allow them to gain experience and establish connections and networks for future employment. Students may get course credit for internships with approval from the Department of Theatre.
In addition to course credit, the Department of Theatre connects students with the Office of The Arts, which awards scholarships ranging from $1000 to $3000 to help support students who have secured summer internships.
Past students who have been awarded scholarships have worked at organizations such as the Williamstown Theater Festival, Dramatists Guild, Jujamcyn Theaters, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, and The Wooster Group.
An Honors Project (THEA 499.00) is a 3-credit capstone learning experience for a theatre major completed in their last year of study. This independent or collaborative project is conducted with department approval. Students apply by submitting an application created with the guidance of an advisor. Acceptance is determined by an Honors Project faculty committee. Students must secure their own resources for their project, such as, the Student Activity Fund or the Department production grants. Advisors are responsible for grading the Honors project with feedback from the Honors Committee. To complete an Honors Project students must follow their proposed calendar, complete the required work on their project, and attend 2-3 meetings with the Honors Project Group.
Student must be a Theatre Major
GPA = 3.0 or higher
An application must be submitted by the deadline one semester prior to the project
A faculty member has agreed to advise the project
The student has completed relevant coursework for their proposal
Honors Project Requirements:
All projects must adhere to the criteria established in a student’s application. Any Changes altering this proposal must be submitted in writing and approved by both the faculty advisor and Honors Project Committee.
Advisement - Students will agree to meet regularly with their Honors Project Advisors as determined in the application.
Honors Project Group - Students working on honors projects meet as a group to discuss progress and share work. This meeting, organized by faculty, happens at least 3 times during the semester. All honors students are required to attend the presentations of all the honors projects that semester.
TIMELINE FOR SPRING 2021 HONORS PROJECT
DECEMBER 4 Applications due
DECEMBER 9 Students notified of acceptance
FEBRUARY 1 Start of spring semester - Work on honors project begins - First honors project group meeting scheduled
APRIL 19 - 30 Final presentation of honors project due
MAY 17 Final honors project report due
Students are encouraged to create and present their own work through an application process that provides space, faculty support, and funding.
Performing Arts Student Activity Fund Grant
Students can create and present their own work with the support of the SAF Performing Arts Fund, which provides space, faculty support, and funding for eligible theatre projects. Awards are usually in the $1000 range and can be used to pay for royalties, production materials, and technical support.
At the beginning of each academic year the Hunter College Performing Arts Office accepts online applications for individual student projects in the performing arts for the upcoming fall and spring semester. Grants are in the $1000 range and can be used to produce a play, project, or to bring in a guest artist to offer workshops or master classes. Other ideas will be considered, but projects must take place at Hunter College and offered free to the community. Students interested in submitting a proposal should choose and work with a faculty member who will be the project adviser to develop the written project proposal.
In the past these projects have included both published plays and original works such as one-person/solo shows, musicals, one-acts, cabarets, site-specific works, found text projects, and new scripts that are developed/performed with student directors, actors, and designers.
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Student Production Fund
The Hunter Theatre Department is offering grants of $750 to students looking to put on their own productions during the course of the year. In order to be considered for the grant, you must submit a proposal that includes:
Script - At least two copies of the play
Personnel - Who has agreed to work on the production with you and in what capacity?
Budget - An estimated budget for the production
Space - A plan for where rehearsals and performances will take place
Schedule - A schedule for the rehearsal and performance process, as well as any production calendars you have
Funding - Please let us know if you have other sources of funding
Proposals will be reviewed and awarded by the faculty. If you have any questions, stop by the office or e-mail us. You can hand in your proposal in person upload it below!
**Please note that if you receive a grant, we require a post-show wrap-up in writing that consists of: final budget (with receipts) & attendance records