Theatre Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts

 

Each year we award a scholarship of $1000.00 to a student artist.  In the future we hope to add a scholarship of equal amount for a student of technical theatre who wishes to pursue that interest after high school. 

 

The Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts was established in 2011 as a partnership between Mary Layman and Prudential Realty California.  With the acquisition of Prudential Realty by Berkshire Hathaway in 2013 and the patronage of Joanne and Pete Logan, a new partnership has been forged with the same commitment to youth in the arts.  In 2012-13, the Award was named for Christopher Story, a long time supporter of the arts in Santa Barbara and a talented artist in his own right. In 2013-14 the award is given in honor of Peter and Joanne Logan. This scholarship, to be awarded annually, recognizes that student who has demonstrated the talent and work ethic that personifies Santa Barbara High School Theatre, and who wishes to pursue a career in the performing arts.  Our first recipient was Geoffrey Hahn, who in addition to performances in 12 productions at SBHS (including Music of the Night and HAIR at the Fringe Festival as a freshman), was  member of the award-winning Madrigals under the direction of Phillip McLendon, and was one of two finalists for the Southern California Youth Spotlight Award.

 

Geoffrey Hahn

 

Allison Lewis (CINDERELLA) and McKenna Mender (THE BAKER'S WIFE) Into the Woods 2012 photo courtesy of Kristi Sestak

 
 

In 2011-12 we had two winners, Allison Lewis and McKenna Mender, both talented artists who make those around them better.  Allison is a former Santa Barbara Teen Star winner, and is an accomplished singer and musical theatre artist.  She was also a member of the Santa Barbara Madrigals, under the direction of Phillip McLendon.  McKenna, also a member of the Madrigals, was a two time director of Music of the Night, and was a major factor in the expansion and popularity of that event.  Both students were also named Top Dons, Allison for Vocal Music and McKenna for Theatre.

 

 
 

In 2012-2013 the recipient of the Christopher Story Award for Artistic Excellence went to Jordan Lemmond, whose level of sustained brilliance was highlighted by a senior year in which he played in Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone, Alan in God of Carnage, Arthur in Spamalot, and The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie.  We wish Jordan well as he makes his way to Pace University in New York to continue his studies in Musical Theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Lemmond in SPAMALOT.

Drew Janssen in Chicago, photo by Kristi Sestak

Drew Janssen in Chicago, photo by Kristi Sestak

 
 

Our 2013-2014 honoree for his contribution to Santa Barbara High School Theatre is Drew Janssen.  Drew demonstrated tremendous leadership, passion and the ability to make those around him better.  Drew’s drive to make himself a better actor, to explore dance and gymnastics and music to become a polished and dynamic musical theatre performer was inspirational, and his commitment to the family of Santa Barbara High School performers was unparalleled.

 If you are interested in sponsoring a scholarship in your name or someone in your family, please contact Otto Layman at ottolayman@gmail.com.