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Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award

The Marian A. Smith Scholarship is awarded each year to a student pursuing a graduate degree in costume design and/or technology. The award is named after Marian A. Smith who served as Executive Director of SETC for 26 years and helped make SETC what it is today. The amount of the award is $1,500.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: January 21
2017 Smith Costume Award Application

  1.  In order to apply for the Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award, the applicant must:
    1. have completed their undergraduate work at an institution within the SETC region no later than August of the year applying; and
    2. be entering a regionally accredited graduate school for costume design and/or costume technology for the first time.
  2. Applications and all supporting materials are due no later than: January 21.
  3. In order to receive the Marian A. Smith Award, the winner must:
    1. enter a regionally accredited graduate school for costume design and/or costume technology as a full-time student; and
    2. be duly enrolled during the summer or fall term following the convention at which the award is announced.
  4. Up to three applicants may be selected as finalists on the basis of their portfolio materials and recommendations as the candidates for the award. They will be notified by February 1.
  5. The selected candidates must be present at the SETC Spring Convention for an interview with the committee. SETC will offer limited travel assistance. The interview is the final step in selecting the winner of the award.
  6. The winner of the Marian A. Smith Award will be announced and presented at the Awards Banquet held Saturday evening of the SETC Spring Convention. The recipient should be present at the banquet.
  7. Upon suitable notification to the SETC Executive Director that the candidate has entered a regionally accredited graduate school as specified above, the award will be released.
  8. The following information should be provided by all applicants: (Must be sent electronically via email or provide URL)
    1. Completed Application – 2017 Smith Costume Award Application
    2. Personal letter outlining plans and objectives
    3. A complete resume
    4. Ten samples of completed work or renderings
    5. Names, addresses and phone numbers of three to five references must be sent from school via postal mail
    6. Official college transcripts
  9. The selected applicants will also be asked to bring a portfolio to the interview at SETC.

Please direct questions and submissions to:

Emily Strickland
Costume Design and Technology, MFA
Florida School of the Arts
Office: 386-312-4315
emilystrickland@sjrstate.edu 

2016 Smith Costume Scholar

Congratulations, Alyssa Couturier-Herndon!

couturier_alyssaAlyssa Couturier-Herndon earned her BFA in fashion from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008 after completing an internship at Ralph Lauren. Since graduating, she has had the pleasure of working at several theatres in New England, Georgia and Florida. She has received first place for SETC’s Graduate Costume Design Award (2014), KCACTF Region 4 Graduate Costume Design Award (2015), KCACTF Region 4 SETC/David Weiss Costume Design Award (2015), and the University of Florida’s Creative Research Award. Her greatest passion is to help directors of plays, musicals, and films, bring their vision to life through costume design. Alyssa draws inspiration from God, her husband, and Star Trek, all of which help her keep a positive outlook on life. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Costume Design at the University of Florida.

“The Marian A. Smith Scholarship has had a tremendous impact on my professional development. It has enabled me to purchase new equipment and pursue advanced theatre opportunities that would otherwise have been impossible. I am extremely grateful for this support.”

Recent Marian A. Smith Costume Scholars

2015 ~ Alyssa Couturier-Herndon

Alyssa Couturier-Herndon earned her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008 after completing an internship at Ralph Lauren. Since graduating, she has had the pleasure of working at several theatres in New York and Georgia. Her greatest passion is to help directors of plays, musicals, and films, bring their vision to life through costume design. Alyssa draws inspiration from God, her husband, and Star Trek, all of which help her keep a positive outlook on life. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Florida.

2014 ~ Jacquelyn Loy

Jacquelyn Loy is beginning her Graduate studies at University of Southern Mississippi, where she is pursuing a MFA in Costume Design and Technology. A member of Catawba College’s Class of 2014, she will graduate with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, with a focus in Costume Design and Technology, and with minors in Studio Art and English. While attending Catawba, she has served as a member of Phi Epsilon, the College Honors Student Council, and the Blue Masque, a theatrical organization on campus. She has also served as the President and Business Manager for Catawba College’s Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, national dramatic honors society. As a student, she served as a Costume Shop Assistant at Catawba College, where she led in construction, alterations, pulling, and organization of costumes for the school’s 6-8 show seasons. Jacquelyn has led as the Costume Designer for several productions while at Catawba including Huck Finn- a Play with Music (Assistant), Charlotte’s Web, Once on This Island, True West, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She also served as Second-Hand, First-Hand, and Cutter/Draper for several productions at Catawba including The Merry Wives of Windsor, Side by Side by Sondheim, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Little Shop of Horrors.

During her time as a student at Catawba College, Jacquelyn also sought work every summer in college. She worked with St. Thomas Players in Salisbury, NC as the Costume Designer and a General Technical Intern for their 2011 season including Pinocchio’s Sister: the World Premier and Almost, Maine. Then, she worked with Castleton Festival Opera near Washington, D.C., with whom she will be returning this summer, as a Stitcher and Principal Dresser for Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2012), Carmen (2012), A Little Night Music (2012), Madama Butterfly (2014), and Don Giovanni (2014). She also served as a Stitcher in Charlotte, NC for Central Piedmont Summer Theatre’s 2013 season including Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 the musical, Damn Yankees, The Pinocchio Show, Wait until Dark, and Spamalot. She recently worked as a Free-Lance Costume Designer for Matthews Playhouse’s 2013 fall production of Willy Wonka near Charlotte, NC.

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