Skidmore Theater Awards

The Skidmore Department of Theater Presents a number of student awards annually:

The Margaret Ellen Clifford Memorial Prize in Theater

This prize was established in 1973 in memory of Margaret Ellen Clifford, Professor and Chair of the Department, 1952-1971. It is awarded annually to an outstanding junior or senior theater major.

1973
Jo Anne Sedwick

1974
Laura Smith
1975
Carrie Heingartner
1976
Gertrude Secor
1977
Ann Jamison

1977
Todd Waring
1978
Ellen Kurrelmeyer
1979
William Slusky
1980
David Yergan

1981
Rebecca Marks
1982
Lydia Porter
1983
Ebba-Marie Gendron
1984
Christopher Moore

1985
Julie Fife
1986
Lisa Cartmell
1986
Joseph Chiplock
1987
Benjamin Horrigan

1988
Terence Ducey
1989
Emily Caigan
1990
Michael Handwerger
1991
Rya Kihlstedt

1991
David Miner
1992
Liv Cummins
1992
K. Jason Hackett
1993
Michael Counts

1994
Sylvia Stoner
1995
Jonathan Jacobs
1996
Sophie Luxmoore
1997
Benjamin Kato

1998
Rachel Bowditch
1999
Patrick Brannan
2000
Richard Kern
2001
Adam Paltrowitz
2002
Jonathan Whitton
2003
Baleigh Isaacs

2004
Darren Lusis

2005
Dorien Makhloghi
2006
Karin Anderson
2007
Alissa Moore
2008
Zachary Weinstein
2009
Rachel Taylor
2010
Christopher Jacobsen
2011
Jared Greenbaum
2012
Anne Dufault
2013
Joel Behrman
     

The Theater Prize

This prize was established in 1998 by Theater alumni and faculty and is awarded in recognition of a senior Theater major who has shown excellence and commitment within a particular concentration in the major

1998
Joshua Chambers
Acting

1999
Catherine Owren
Acting
2000
Melissa Daroff
Stage Management
2001
Noah Opitz
Acting
2002
Charles Alexander
Acting

2003
Eliza Lay
Acting
2004
Meghan Kane
Acting
2005
Melissa Baroni
Acting
2006
Katherine Baldwin
Scenic Design
2007
Adam Lerman
Acting
2008
Samantha Read
Design
2009
Jenna Carino
Design
2010
Marie Claire Roussel

2011
Andrea Nice

2012
Margaret Smith

2013
Julia Hansen

The Stephanie Mnookin Theater Department Research and Creative Project

This award is in memory of Stephanie Mnookin, former guest artist in the Skidmore College Theater Department and wife of former artist-in-residence Phil Soltanoff. It was created my the generous support of Phil's friends. The award provides financial support for a student to pursue projects to include but not limited to a professional production of a play; support for a professional internship; attendance at a professional conference or symposium; or support for work in a theater.

Stephanie Mnookin graduated from Vassar College, and spent many years acting at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and in mad dog, the innovative NY-based theatre company founded by Phil Soltanoff. An actor, director and writer, she had a recurring role on the TV show Ed and appeared in Law and Order: SVU, Deadline, Knocked Up (a feature film now in post-production), and in a number of independent films. She was part of the comedy duo Guile (performances at UCBT, PS122, Fez, Ars Nova, Tonic Little Theatre, Invite Them Up!, Welcome to Our Week, and at the Comedy Central Stage and the Actor’s Gang in LA.) and performed in the improv group, Engine, directed by Shira Piven. At five myles in NYC, Stephanie directed Klondike and Snow. Stephanie had recently been writing and acting in collaboration with Nora Ephron on her new play Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

2008
Julie Congress &
Erin Daley
2009
Katherine
Ventimiglia
2010
Alexandra Klausner
2011
Colleen Hughes
2012
Anne Dufault
2013
Adrienne Schaffler & Kathryn Rickman
   

The Shakespeare & Company Summer Intensive Scholarship

Each year a deserving acting student is awarded a scholarship in the five-week Summer Intensive actor training program at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of a former Skidmore Theater student.

2008
Marie Roussel
2009
Claire Sax &
Christopher Iredale
2010
Ellie Smokler
2011
Raquel Figueroa & William Berger-Bailey
2012
Varak Baronan & David Brummer
2013
Marie Roussel
2013
Jonathan Lee-Rey