Robert Porterfield Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Robert Porterfield Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a graduate degree in theatre. Robert Porterfield was the founder and longtime director of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. A charter member of SETC and a co-founder of its annual auditions, he continued to support the organization throughout his career. When the Endowment Fund was created, Bob became SETC’s first life member, and the Board later named its first scholarship in his honor.

2018-2019 Porterfield Scholar

Congratulations, Jane Reichard!

Jane Reichard is currently pursuing her MFA in Costume Production from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (anticipated May 2020). After receiving her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Berry College, she is using her studies to bridge the gap between costume technology and the sciences. She has worked at Milwaukee Repertory, Triad Stage, the Glimmerglass Festival, and most often, the Santa Fe Opera. In her spare time, she is an active cabinet member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate and Professional Student Federation, as well as spending time with her friends doing zumba and swing dancing.

Please note: The following details are based on 2018-2019 guidelines and may be subject to change. Check back on Jan. 1, 2019 for finalized information. 

How to Apply

Applications Open: Jan. 1, 2019
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Please submit the following materials in a single, multi-page PDF document to info@setc.org by the deadline:

  • Completed Application Form (2019-2020 form available Jan. 1, 2019)
  • A personal letter outlining plans and objectives
  • A complete resume
  • Three letters of reference speaking specifically to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student
  • Complete transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

One Scholar Will Receive

  • $2,000
  • Free one-year SETC student membership
  • Free registration for the 2020 SETC Convention
  • Photo and bio recognition on the SETC website

Eligibility:

Candidates must meet each of these qualifications to be eligible for this award:

  • You must be planning to attend an accredited program of graduate studies in Theatre during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • You must have graduated from, be currently attending, or have plans to attend an accredited academic institution in one of the following 10 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia.

Selection Process and Timeline:

  • Applications Accepted: Jan. 1 – April 1, 2019
  • Application Reviews / Candidate Interviews: April – June 2019
  • Winning Scholar Announced on SETC Website: June 30, 2019
  • Scholarship Funds Available: Upon Proof of Matriculation, 2019-2020 Academic Year
  • Winning Scholar Attends SETC Convention:71st Annual Convention, 2020 Dates & Location TBA

Questions?

Questions about submitting application materials should be sent to info@setc.org. Other questions about this scholarship should be sent to Porterfield Scholarship Chair Jimmy Chrismon.

Scholarship Stories

Recent Porterfield Scholars share what winning the scholarship meant to their studies and how the award funds helped them pursue their ambitions:

Leah Thomas ~ 2017 Scholar

“SETC has been an organization that has set me up for success for nine years now! Through SETC I was connected with my first professional gig out of undergrad, and receiving the Porterfield Scholarship made it possible for me to afford a summer opportunity that led to the completion of my thesis project in graduate school! As I begin my new role of Director of Education and Engagement at Victoria Theatre Association, in Dayton, Ohio, I have to stop and recognize that I did not get here by myself. This organization jump started my career that has made it possible for me to make connections with theater companies far and wide, and I am forever grateful. ”

Joseph D’Ambrosi ~ 2016 Scholar

“I am so thankful to SETC for its emphasis on the professional and academic growth of graduate students in multiple subject areas in theatre. It’s an incredible honor to represent this organization as the Porterfield Graduate Scholar. As a Ph.D. student in Theatre History and Literature at Indiana University, I will use this award to further my scholarship opportunities at future theatre conferences.”

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