2020-2021 Graduation and Year-End Celebration
HFA Virtual Graduation
View the brief video address recorded by Chair Harley Erdman for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, as well as Undergraduate Program Director Amy Altadonna's remarks and reading of the major names:
Theater Graduation and Year-End Celebration Ceremony
View our entire ceremony celebrating the graduate students and undergraduates who have received their diplomas in 2021, as well as an acknowledgement of award winners:
View our Senior Slideshow, including majors, minors, and BCID students:
The students who received their MFAs this year are:
Sydney Becker (Lighting)
Maegan Clearwood (Costume)
Joshua Glenn-Kayden (Directing)
Tatiana Godfrey (Dramaturgy)
Calypso Michelet (Scenic and Costume)
Mikayla Reid (Costume)
Xinyuan Li (Lighting)
Majors and BDIC
Celena Mendes Lopes
Angela Landry Ruiz
Yi-Wei "Winnie" Wang
None of the students who are currently enrolled in the Multicultural Theater Certificate completed the program this year; we look forward to recognizing them when they receive their certificates next year and beyond.
All graduating students receive an Alumni Lifetime Pass that gives them (and a guest) free admission to all Department of Theater productions for life.
Outtakes from Undergraduate Program Director Amy Altadonna's HFA video
Memories of the Year Slideshow
THE BENEDICT SCHOLARSHIP
The Susan M. and Larry G. Benedict Scholarship Endowment was created to provide undergraduate scholarship support for students within the Department of Theater who are studying theater design, production, and management. Special consideration will be given to students who have demonstrated technical proficiency and a commitment to professionalism.
The 2021 Susan M. and Larry G. Benedict Scholarship recipients are:
Tess E. Beckwith
William T Waisnor
THE PENNY REMSEN DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY THEATER INTERNSHIP AWARD
The award is named for Lighting Design Professor Penny Remsen, an ardent proponent of internship opportunities. The student receiving this prestigious award has shown exceptional dedication to theater design and technology within the Department of Theater. Funds from this award, sparked by a generous gift from Alice Arkin, will directly support their 2021 summer internship opportunity.
The 2021 PENNY REMSEN INTERNSHIP Award Recipient is:
THE RAND SCHOLARSHIP
Frank Prentice Rand Scholarship in Drama is given to undergraduate theater majors of exceptional scholarship and outstanding achievement in the areas of: Directing, Producing, Playwriting, Dramaturgy.
The 2021 Frank Prentice Rand Scholarship in Drama recipients are:
Victoria B Tavares
THE ED GOLDEN ACTING SCHOLARSHIP
The purpose of the Ed Golden Acting Scholarship Endowment is to honor the exemplary teaching career of Professor Emeritus Edward J. Golden by recognizing and fostering students with exceptional acting talent through scholarship awards. Awards are genrally made to Theater majors who are either sophomores or juniors who have demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the art.
The 2020-2021 Ed Golden Acting Scholarship recipients are:
Awarded in Fall 2020:
Awarded in Spring 21:
The William F. Field Scholarship, awarded by the Alumni Association to students across the University, recognizes juniors for outstanding academic achievement, as well as their respective contributions to the arts, athletics, research, or service to the campus community. UMass Theater’s nominee is:
The Senior Leadership Award, awarded by the Alumni Association to students across the University, is presented to graduating seniors and recognizes students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding leadership and service to the community. UMass Theater’s nominee is:
THE DENISE LESSARD WAGNER COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
The Denise Lessard Wagner Community Spirit Award is given to individuals who, through their beyond-the-call-of-duty dedication and commitment, have made an outstanding contribution to the community spirit of the Department of Theater. The exceptional challenges of the pandemic have led us to unusual decision with this award this year. We have decided to give the award to the entire graduating Theater class of 2021.