Department of Theatre & Dance
College of Visual & Performing Arts
J. PETER ADLER PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE
The J. Peter Adler Prize for Excellence in Theatre is an annual award endowed by the family and friends of J. Peter Adler and West Chester University. The J. Peter Adler Prize will be awarded each spring to a current West Chester University Senior, regardless of undergraduate major, who has participated in the theatre arts while at West Chester University and will use the scholarship associated with the prize to attend graduate school or work in professional theatre. The winner of the J. Peter Adler Prize may take up to three years from graduation to initially use the scholarship funds associated with this award.
2012-2013 Recipient - Joanna Volpe, musical theatre concentration
xNEWMEX/ THRU VEGAS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE
These awards were established in 2007 by Theatre & Dance alumni Chris Plough '05 and Stephen Blahut '07 in order to promote traits of selfless hard work and taking risks to push beyond perceived limitations. Plough, President of xNewMex that focuses on creating innovative designs (multimedia, sound, video, lighting, scenery) for theatre, and with Blahut co-founders of Thru Vegas that works with businesses to produce innovative films, documentaries, commercials, and training/promotional videos, attribute these traits to the success of their businesses.
2012-2013 Overworked/Underpaid Award Recipient - TBD
ALUMNI AWARDS FOR CHOREOGRAPHY
The Dance Alumni Chapter, started by Barbara Lappano, WCU dance faculty from 1970 -2004 and founder of Dance Production Workshop, honors current University Dance Company students for their excellence in choreography. All pieces were performed during the spring UDC student concert.
2012-2013 Recipients - Allyson Bodine, Tia Dorsey, Lauren Salter