February 17, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA - Gateway to the Arts is excited to promote its annual Gateway to the Arts Promising Performer Award Honoring Rob Marshall. Established in 2008 in honor of director and choreographer Rob Marshall, a graduate of Allderdice High School, the Promising Performer Award aims to encourage talented Pittsburgh Public School students to pursue training in the performing arts. It is awarded to a Pittsburgh Public School sophomore whose music, language arts or drama teacher identifies them as an outstanding music, theater or musical theater student.
The winner of the Promising Performer Award receives two years of classes at the Civic Light Opera Academy for music, dance and theater classes and coaching, and a full scholarship (including text books and materials) to Carnegie Mellon University’s Pre-College Program in Drama or Music in 2013, which immerses students in their art form through classes taught by professionals in the field. Previous winners include Shoshana Canali and Sadik Roberts, students at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School and Pittsburgh Obama, respectively.
The award is open by teacher nomination to Pittsburgh Public School sophomores who can audition in musical theater, theatre and instrumental or vocal music. Following their nomination by a teacher, students must submit a personal statement essay, two letters of reference, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and provide transcripts. This scholarship will only be made available if a minimum of ten complete applications are received.
The deadline for this year’s application is April 30, 2012.
Gateway to the Arts is 501c (3) non-profit arts-in-education organization that serves 75,000 students annually in 13 counties in western Pennsylvania.
Gateway to the Arts partners with professional performing and visual artists from our community to integrate quality arts experiences into the lives of western Pennsylvania students, educators and families.