On February 1st Samantha Posco, Class of 2014, was named "The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival /46" recipient of the Don Childs Memorial Scholarship. This award is presented in the area of technical theater to a student designer who displays exceptional talent in their field, and who exemplifies the qualities of dedication, talent, and collaboration that contribute to theater excellence. This scholarship will pay for Samantha to study for two weeks at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas during the summer of 2014, where she will work with industry leaders in her field.
Samantha was chosen from among 64 student designers in the festival's region 1, which includes New England and eastern New York state, for her projection design for Stonehill's Fall 2012 production, Sharon Pollock's The judges were impressed by her strong demonstration of research ability, artistic sensibility, high personal investment in her work, and above all, her strong dedication to collaboration with her fellow artists. Don Childs, in whose memory the scholarship was created, was one of the country's foremost scenic artists and a passionate theater educator. Samantha was personally selected for this award by Don's wife, Jane Childs. The Don Childs Memorial Scholarship is the highest regional award presented to a student designer at The Kennedy Center Festiva.
In addition to her receiving the scholarship, she was also awarded Honorable Mention in the category of Scenic Design, an award that names her as the alternate candidate for The Kennedy Center's National Festival in Washington DC this Spring.