Albuquerque Theatre Guild today announced the six winners of its 2012-13 Youth Theatre Scholarships. This program helps children and youth learn about live theatre by providing scholarships for them to participate in extra-curricular theatre-education programs offered by Albuquerque Theatre Guild member organizations. Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry will present the awards to the six recipients at a press conference to be scheduled in June.
“This program is one of our favorites at the Albuquerque Theatre Guild. Young people are the future of acting, stage craft and audiences in Albuquerque, and we’re delighted to provide the opportunity to for them to learn more about the art and craft of live theatre,” says Ray Orley, President of the Albuquerque Theatre Guild. “We’re pleased to be able to support them with our fourth year of scholarships.”
Each scholarship is valued at $100 and must be used between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Current or prior enrollment in theatre-education programs is not required.
• Danae Armstrong of Albuquerque, age 11, intends to use her scholarship at New Mexico Young Actors. Danae’s parents are Robert and Cheryl Armstrong.
• Twelve year-old Isaiah Barkley, nine-year-old Matthew Barkley and five-year-old Victoria Barkley, children of Darly Barkley of Albuquerque, intend to use their scholarships at the University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance. This is the third time the ATG has awarded scholarships to siblings from the same family.
• Cody Sandoval of Albuquerque, age 14, will also use his scholarship at New Mexico Young Actors. Cody is the son of Veronica Sandoval.
• Elijah K. Valdez, son of Sarah Valdez, lives in Rio Rancho. The 13-year-old will use his scholarship at New Mexico Young Actors.