Stanley Harrison was Theatre Director at West Liberty State College from 1962-1979 and during his tenure he and Helen Kelly advanced the theater into a program that has produced students that went on to perform on Broadway, TV and film. They also found success as artistic and general managers of regional theaters, leaders in academic theater and more.
Harrison‘s performance career ran the gamut from New York venues, including The American Globe in such classics as Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and The Three Sisters, to regional stages, including The Barter Theatre, The White Barn Theatre and The Ice House Theatre, to name but a few. His film and television credits include Riffed for Caravan Films and a stint on The Sopranos.
The impact he had on others is astounding. He was a mentor extraordinaire to many alumni. Some kept in contact with him over the years for continued guidance and friendship. Harrison passed away in August 2021.
The scholarship winner will receive $1,000 (renewable up to 4 years) toward tuition. The award may be revoked if the student does not maintain any o all of the Theatre Program and the Scholarship parameters.
Requirements: The recipient of the award must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.
The recipient of the award must remain a Communication: Theatre major (If the student is admitted into the Interdisciplinary Program with Theatre as one of the primary subject areas; the award would not be subject to revocation).
The recipient of the award must audition for all of West Liberty University productions and accept at least one role per semester if offered. If the recipient does not get cast/act in a production, he/she should participate in another capacity in a significant way (stage manage, crew head, etc.).
The recipient of the award must maintain a GPA of 3.0 within the major.
Failure to comply with any of the above criteria will result in the revocation of the scholarship.