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Keynote Emerging Artist of Promise (KEAP) Awards

About the Award

SETC’s Keynote Emerging Artist of Promise (KEAP) Award is designated to help talented, scholarly high school theatre students who are economically disadvantaged to attend the SETC Annual Convention. Students are nominated based on scholastic aptitude, artistic potential and financial need.

The award includes the following:

  • One-year SETC membership
  • Admission to the SETC convention
  • Shared hotel room Wednesday-Saturday nights at the convention or room reimbursement of up to $250.00 at convention

During the course of the Convention, the award winners will:

  • Attend a Q&A session with a keynote speaker
  • Receive complimentary reserved seating at the Friday Lunch
  • Receive complimentary reserved seating for Saturday night Awards Banquet
  • Attend workshops and events at the conference
  • If eligible, KEAP students will audition or interview for scholarships in Undergraduate Auditions/Interviews (applications fees are waived)

2017 Nominations

The deadline for nomination is January 15, 2017. Four Emerging Artists of Promise will be chosen from the nominations and notified the third week of January.

For more information, please contact:
Tonya Hays, KEAP Chair
WINGS Performing Arts Program
Phone: 228-860-6336

2016 KEAP Award Winners

Given in Appreciation of the Work of Samm-Art Williams

2016 KEAP award recipients Sarah Wallace, Riley Taylor, Sydney Prather and Tanner McGee  grab pictures with Tonya Hays (KEAP Chair) at the Awards Banquet as well as with Peter Schumann and Pearl Cleage after their inspirational keynotes at the 67th Annual SETC Convention in Greensboro, NC.

Sarah Wallace

Westside High School, WV

Sarah Wallace is a junior at Westside High School in Clear Fork, West Virginia. Since an early age, she has always possessed a passionate love for the Theatre. She is the winner of multiple awards in Theatre for her performances in many shows, including the role of Persephone in Kidnapped: Persephone in the Underworld.  After high school, she plans to attend a prestigious performing arts college and to graduate with enough skill to make it in the Theatre business.

Riley Taylor

Pelham High School, AL

Riley Taylor is a young woman who is focused on her future. Her work ethic in her academic life has enabled her to juggle her classes, afterschool rehearsals, voice lessons as well as a job. She is on her high school’s thespian board and works to coordinate fundraisers. Riley has competed in both the Walter Trumbauer Theatre Festival and the Alabama State Thespian Festival.

Sydney Prather

White Station High School, TN

After high school, Sydney’s goal is to attend Northwestern University to major in theatre with a focus in Theatre for Young Audiences. From there, she would like to go to NYU to get her masters in theatre management with the hope of opening her own youth theatre. She loves the idea of passing her favorite thing on to a new generation of people.

Tanner McGee

Oak Grove High School, MS 

Tanner has been involved in theatre all his life. He works diligently on any role he is given — big or small. He works hard with his fellow actors to achieve his very best. Tanner is very involved at school as part of the speech debate team and in the theatre department.

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