This award was created by Peninsula Players Theatre and its Board of Directors to foster the career path and arts education of graduating high school students across Door County in the performing arts. Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater, is proud to support the higher education of Door County seniors pursuing an advanced degree with a major or minor in arts management, music or theater.
Last spring, Peninsula Players fashioned the Outstanding Student Award to recognize and reward graduating high school students across Door County for their achievements in and enthusiasm for the performing arts. “The Board of Directors is thrilled to provide five scholarships to students wishing to further their education in the performing arts beyond high school,” Peninsula Players Managing Director Brian Kelsey said.
Peninsula Players Theatre and the National Standards for Arts Education agrees that the arts are an inseparable part of education and of the human journey. Arts education extends beyond academics; students show an increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition.
“The arts are such a critical part of a student’s overall education as well as continued personal development,” said Peninsula Players Managing Director Brian Kelsey. “It is with great pride that we reward and encourage the development of careers in the performing arts. The Door County peninsula is alive with a wealth of diverse visual and performing arts organizations, and our communities are perfectly situated to play a critical role in the continued education of our students and adult population. It is so rewarding to see that our schools in Door County still value the arts as part of core learning and the adult population embrace life-long learning.”
Peninsula Players Theatre Scholarship applicants must plan to enroll as a full-time college or technical student with plans to major or minor in arts management, music (performance or education), or theater (acting, theater studies, theater technology and design). Applications for the scholarship are available through the Door County Community Foundation.
More information and a full list of qualifications for the Peninsula Players Scholarship is listed at www.doorcountyscholarships.org. Applications are due March 8, 2019, and may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Peninsula Players Scholarship c/o Door County Community Foundation at 222 North Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. For more information, contact Development and Events Manager Danielle Szmanda at 920-868-3287.
Peninsula Players Theatre is committed to providing educational programming for the community through its wither play reading series, The Play’s the Thing, and pre-show seminars. The Peninsula Players has a long history of educational initiatives including an intern program that dates back to the founding days of the Players in the 1930s. The theater continues to offer theater tours and post-show discussions as listed in the program and website.
Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theater, produces a five-show season of Broadway-quality comedies, dramas and musicals. Learn more about Peninsula Players and its 2019 season at www.peninsulaplayers.com.