For immediate release: Oct. 22, 2009
BLOOMSBURG — Theatre arts students at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will benefit from the Michael Collins Theatre Scholarship.
Established in memory of Collins, a theatre arts professor who died last July, the scholarship will be awarded to students who are committed to theatre as a multi-disciplinary pursuit, possess a collaborative spirit and leadership qualities and demonstrate a positive, willing attitude and work ethic.
To be eligible, a student should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in theatre courses. The application process will include an essay, audition or portfolio review, interview and resume outlining theatrical experience.
"Professor Collins was an inspiration to everyone who worked with him, on stage and in the classroom," said his colleague Bruce Candlish, associate professor and director of theatre. "We can see that legacy in the number of alumni continuing to maintain contact with each other and with the university - alumni who now work as actors, directors and designers, as well as those who also work in other fields but have found it important to maintain the connection.
"This scholarship will help us to continue the work Michael was so passionate about - helping young dedicated artists to grow and express their passion."
Collins, who came to BU in 1989, taught performance, directing and script writing. He directed and performed in more than 50 plays, both at BU and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Beyond the Susquehanna Valley, he worked with the Electric Theatre Company in Scranton and the Queens Theatre in the Park in New York.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.