Coin to aid fledgling actors

The Laura Pels Foundation, an organization created in 1992 to support the production of classic plays and other professional theater, is awarding two $5,000 scholarships to third-year graduate acting students at New York University and Columbia University.

The scholarship, established to help alleviate financial pressures of fledgling actors, will be presented in May to two students chosen by a committee formed by the theater departments at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Giving a boost

Laura Pels, president of the group said, “We know that many acting students leave school already deeply in debt and then embark on a career that also requires a great deal of time, commitment and sacrifice in order to succeed. We hope that we can give a boost to a few of the great actors of the next generation.”

The Gotham-based foundation is also the sponsor of such efforts as stipends for directing students at the Julliard School, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Prize for a mid-career playwright and the Shakespeare Lab, an intensive program in classical acting run by the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.

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