Creating the best theater program possible requires responsiveness to both need and opportunity.
Sometimes, it means we buy a new computer dedicated to scenic projection, a growing field. It might also mean bringing in a professional to lead a workshop about podcasting so that students can learn to deploy theater skills in a new arena while theaters are shut down. At other times, it means welcoming back a renowned directing alumna to helm a season production, giving our students the opportunity to work with a creative leader in American theater as they return to in-person production.
We appreciate every gift we receive from our generous donors, because each one allows us to provide items such as the ones above — to offer state-of-the-art theater programming and enrichment that helps our talented, dedicated theater-makers build rewarding careers and creative lives.
Please consider a gift to the Department of Theater so that we can continue to respond to the circumstances that arise in a way that best serves our community of up-and-coming theater artists.
Our Additional Gift Funds
We are incredibly grateful to have a loyal and generous community of donors who have created and/or supported funds that support specific opportunities for our students. Additional gifts gratefully accepted where indicated:
THE LAURA BAILEY '03 COSTUME SHOP AND DEPARTMENT OF THEATER ENDOWMENT
To support the construction of the Department of Theater's new space in the Arts Bridge and related projects.
THE SUSAN M. AND LARRY G. BENEDICT SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT IN THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATER
Provides undergraduate scholarship support for students within the Department of Theater who are studying theater design, production, and management. Additional gifts gratefully accepted.
THE STEPHEN DRISCOLL '73 BRITISH AMERICAN DRAMATIC ACADEMY (BADA) SCHOLARSHIP
Enables a qualified student from UMass to attend the Midsummer in Oxford Program by covering 50 percent of tuition and airfare.
THE STEPHEN P. DRISCOLL MUSICAL THEATER ENDOWMENT (FUTURE USE)
Stephen P. Driscoll ’73 has established an endowment to fund musical theater or incorporation of music and/or dance into theater produced by the Department of Theater.
THE STEPHEN DRISCOLL MUSICAL THEATER FUND (CURRENT USE)
Allows us to pursue collaborations such as musical theater and the incorporation of music and dance into our productions. Additional gifts gratefully accepted.
THE ED GOLDEN ACTING SCHOLARSHIP
Supports gifted undergraduate acting students enrolled in the University of Massachusetts Department of Theater. Additional gifts gratefully accepted.
THE FRANK PRENTICE RAND SCHOLARSHIP IN DRAMA
Supports undergraduate theater majors of exceptional scholarship and outstanding achievement in the areas of: Directing, Producing, Playwriting, or Dramaturgy. Additional gifts gratefully accepted.
THE PENNY REMSEN DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY THEATER INTERNSHIP FUND
Offers financial support to UMass Theater students pursuing internships in theater design and technology. Additional gifts gratefully accepted.