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Theatre & Drama Annual Awards

Awards given in a particular year include:

Marion Bankert Michael Career Award - was established in 1998 by R. Keith Michael and Marion Bankert Michael. It will be presented annually under the auspices of the Theatre Circle to a graduating M.F.A. student in the area of acting and directing at Indiana University-Bloomington who has displayed evidence of exceptional talent and dedication and who, immediately upon graduation, is intent upon pursuing a career as an artist in the professional theatre.

Colleen Alexander Memorial Scholarshipis giving in memory of Colleen J. Alexander, a recipient of Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1951 and a loyal lifetime supporter of The College and the Department.

Jason W. Stradtman Award – was established in 2000 by Charlotte and Marty Stradtman of Irvine, CA, in honor of their son Jason. Jason was a talented young man who had committed to the IU Playwriting program in 1998 but who succumbed to cancer before he could join us. The Stradtman Award is intended specifically to honor outstanding work in playwriting and screenwriting.

Charles Aidman (Spoon River) Scholarship/Fellowship shall be given to one or more deserving undergraduate or graduate students majoring in the Theatre and Drama.  Awards are to be based upon the merit and need of a talented student or students in acting or directing.  The Donor wishes to honor her late husband, Charles Aidman, who had a distinguished career in theatre and television. 

Hubert C. Heffner Award - was established in 1987. It is presented each year to a graduate student in the Department. The recipient must have consistently exemplified the high academic standards in the area of theatre history, theory, and dramatic literature that marked the career of Distinguished Professor Hubert C. Heffner during his years at Indiana University (1955-1971).

William Kinzer Memorial Scholarship - recognizes a student who has made a substantial contribution to the overall program, and who in some way exemplifies the character and spirit of William B. Kinzer, a faculty member in the Department from 1951 to 1984.

James F. Elrod Scholarship - An Alumni of  IU who received both a B.A. and an M.A. in Speech and a Ph.D, in Theatre and Drama. James Elrod taught at DePauw University for 30 years.  The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior student with a meritorious academic record, and demonstrated financial need, who is an Indiana resident. 

Gary Gaiser Award - In 1995, the Department established this award in Gary's honor. The award is given to a graduate or undergraduate student in the Department of Theatre and Drama who has been self-motivated and unusually innovative as an artist, technician and/or scholar during his or her career. It is awarded in memory of Gary Gaiser who began his career at Indiana in 1944, retired in 1980, died in 1994. Gary Gaiser, who had a wide range of interests and an absolute love of lighting and technology, was an inspiration to hundreds of students and colleagues. He was continually exploring, experimenting, and proving that age need not dampen the enthusiasm for living. What is more, Gary was always upbeat, had a wide smile, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and an insatiable curiosity.

David S. Hawes Award - i sgiven to an undergraduate student majoring in the Department, or to a student in the graduate program who has demonstrated exceptional creative work in playwriting, acting, or directing.  The donor retired in 1980 after twenty-five years of challenging and rewarding service as a faculty member of the Department.  Grateful that demanding work with talented students brought lasting joy to his teaching, David Hawes, made the gift that supports the annual granting of this award in the Department.

George Pinney Musical Theatre Scholarship - is given to undergraduate students majoring in the Musical Theatre program. The scholarships are intended to honor George Pinney for the exemplary leadership that he continues to display as head of Musical Theatre at Indiana University, in addition to further supporting the Department in its mission to educate tomorrow’s Theatre performers and educators.

Catherine Feltus Preston Scholarship - Catherine graduated in 1936 from Indiana University with a B.A. in English.  She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, president of the Mortar Board, a legendary beauty, and featured player in a great many IU theatre productions.  She went on to Hollywood to win a film contract at Paramount under the name of Catherine Craig, joined Pasadena Playhouse, and married the wonderful actor Robert Preston, with whom she spent the rest of her life in Los Angeles and New York.  She remained a dear friend of Theatre and Drama Professor Lee Norvelle and John and Nota McGreevy.

Robert Preston Scholarship – the scholarship is given to a student pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre. Robert Preston was an American stage and film actor best remembered for originating the role of Harold Hill in the 1957 musical The Music Man. His wife Catherine Feltus Preston was a 1936 graduate of Indiana University where she was a featured player in many IU theatre productions. The couple spent their married life between Los Angeles and New York.  The Prestons remained dear friends of Theatre and Drama Professor Lee Norvelle, and John & Nota McGreevy.

Rosemary R. Schwartzel Scholarship Ms. Schwartzel, an IU alumna of 1939 with a B.A. in English, created this fund to support scholarships in the Department of Theatre and Drama.

Richard L. Scammon Award - the Richard L. Scammon Award is presented to a graduate student in the Department who has consistently exemplified the high artistic standards and sense of dedication to the theatre that marked the career of Richard L. Scammon during his 33 years at Indiana.

Nota Scholl McGreevey Scholarship - The Department of Theatre and Drama annually awards an undergraduate scholarship in the name of Nota Scholl McGreevey. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an undergraduate student majoring in Theatre and Drama, or an IMP student whose area of emphasis is in theatre and who has demonstrated superior talent and dedication to the theatre.

Lora C. Shiner Memorial Scholarship – this scholarship honors the memory of Lora Shiner, who received her B.A. from IU in 1977. The scholarship shall be given to incoming freshman students in the Musical Theatre program that show promise of succeeding in this field. The scholarship will be renewable for four years as determined by the Department’s Scholarship committee.

Foster Harmon Undergraduate Scholarship in Theatre – was established to honor the life and contributions of its namesake to IU. Born 1912, Foster Harmon earned a Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University. After stints at Ohio University and the State University of Iowa, he returned to Bloomington in 1941 to assisted Lee Norvelle in opening the new Theatre-wing of the IU Auditorium Building. Harmon was one of the original four theatre faculty with Norvelle, Virgil A. Smith, and Richard A. Moody. In 1950, Harmon left IU for Sarasota, FL, where he played an active role in the arts, education, and civic affairs.

Faculty Memorial Award – is awarded to outstanding graduate or undergraduate students whom the committee has deemed deserving.

Ruth N. Halls Scholarship - The Ruth N. Halls Award is awarded annually to a theatre and drama major or minor who has made an outstanding contribution to the theatre and drama program.

Theatre and Drama Merit Awards – may be awarded to one to three outstanding graduate or undergraduate students whom the committee deems deserving.

Helen Sarah Walker Scholarship The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate junior enrolled in the Department who is concentrating in design and technology (in particular stage management) and is committed to returning to the university for his/her senior year.  This scholarship honors the memory of Helen Sarah Walker, a theatre student with a particular interest in stage management, who died tragically in an auto accident.

Theresa Anne Walker Scholarshiphonors the memory of Theresa Anne Walker, who passed away in an unfortunate accident in 2009.  The scholarship goes to support an undergraduate student s in the Department of Theatre and Drama.