Awards

Each year we recognize a student group committed to community service, individuals demonstrating leadership and pursuing creative internships, and a full panel of graduating seniors who have left their mark on the performing arts community. Read more about the nomination/application processes, deadlines, and past winners below.

Rewarding Excellence in the Student Performing Arts​:

The George and Jane Wallace Summer Performing Arts Internship Award

Awarded to fund an undergraduate’s summer internship in a professional performing arts or related entertainment organization.

History

More than fifty years ago, George and Jane Wallace met at a Pennsylvania Players audition. Their love for theatre transformed into their love for each other and eventual marriage. After his wife’s death, George decided to honor her by starting an endowment in her name at the University of Pennsylvania. The resulting creation was the Jane Wallace Memorial Theatre Internship Program. In 2009 in honor of George’s 95th year and to celebrate 20 years of the Wallace Award, the Award name was changed to the George and Jane Wallace Summer Theatre Internship Award. In an effort to best serve the growing community of student performing arts at Penn, the award expanded to include media outside of theatre including comedy, dance, entertainment, music, spoken word, storytelling, entertainment, and more. To reflect this expansion, the Award was renamed “The George and Jane Wallace Summer Performing Arts Internship Award.”

Program

The Wallace Award provides one Penn undergraduate with funds to support a summer internship in a professional performing arts or related entertainment organization. The award recipient receives a $3,000 stipend, a portion of which is awarded before their internship. The remainder is awarded upon submission of a journal essay describing the learning experience. Past winners have completed internships at non-profits and arts centers and organizations in Philadelphia, New York City, Minneapolis, the Berkshires, Paris, and points beyond. Applicants are responsible for securing their internship.

Application

Applicants must be Penn undergraduates. Juniors will be given preference. Seniors are not eligible to apply. The Award recipient will be selected on the basis of a 3-5 page double-spaced essay.

In your essay, include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Class Year
  • Your School
  • Your Major
  • Your Hometown
  • Your Activities (on and off campus)

AND address the following issues:

  • What is the extent of your performing arts experience at Penn?
  • What kind of internship are you pursuing and what kind of organizaiton do you want to intern for?
  • Do you have a geographical preference for your internship, and if so, where?
  • How will this experience benefit your professional or academic aspirations?
  • List in preferential order the internship opportunities you would like to explore.

Please note: the selection committee will consider the following areas during the selection process: professional and academic aspirations, type of internship/organization, performing arts experience at Penn, and campus benefit. 

The 2022 Wallace Award application is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2023 for information on the 2023 Wallace Award application cycle.

For more information about The Wallace Award, please contact the Director of Platt House at 215-898-2312 or platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu.

The Peter Whinnery Summer Arts Internship Award

Awarded to fund an undergraduate’s summer internship in a theatre arts related field.

History

Peter Whinnery served the students of Penn’s performing arts community for 36 years as the Technical Director. Peter’s iconic 36 years of stagecraft, technical design, and design instruction at the PAC Shop ended upon his retirements in the Spring of 2019. His impact on the student performing arts community as our Technical Director will never be forgotten.

More than a Technical Director, Peter he served as coach, counselor, and friend. For many alumni, the course of their lives was changed because of their relationship with Peter. He created a space for students to explore art and career paths they did not even know existed. The students, alumni, and staff will never forget the magic he created on stage and the way he lit our dreams.

Upon his retirement, alumni came together to honor Peter’s tenure, creating the Peter Whinnery Summer Theatre Arts Internship Award.

Program

The Whinnery Award provides one Penn undergraduate with funds to support a summer internship in a theatre arts related field. The award recipient receives a $2,000 stipend, The first winner of this award will be named in the Spring of 2020.

Application

Applicants must be Penn undergraduates. Juniors will be given preference. Seniors are not eligible to apply. The Award recipient will be selected on the basis of a 3-5 page double-spaced essay.

In your essay, include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Class Year
  • Your School
  • Your Major
  • Your Hometown
  • Your Activities (on and off campus)

AND address the following issues:

  • What is the extent of your performing arts experience at Penn?
  • What kind of internship are you pursuing and what kind of organizaiton do you want to intern for?
  • Do you have a geographical preference for your internship, and if so, where?
  • How will this experience benefit your professional or academic aspirations?
  • List in preferential order the internship opportunities you would like to explore.

Please note: the selection committee will consider the following areas during the selection process: professional and academic aspirations, type of internship/organization, performing arts experience at Penn, and campus benefit. 

The 2022 Whinnery Award application is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2023 for more information on the 2023 Whinnery Award application cycle. 

For more information about The Whinnery Award, please contact the Director of Platt House at 215-898-2312 or platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu.

The Stephen Goff Award for Student Performing Arts

Awarded to a graduating senior demonstrating commitment and leadership in the student performing arts.

History

The Stephen Goff Award for Student Performing Arts was founded during the 2017-2018 academic year and is supported by The Mask and Wig Club. The Mask and Wig Club developed this award to honor a graduating senior involved in the student performing arts at Penn.

Program

The Stephen Goff Award for Student Performing Arts rewards a proven and committed student leader at the University of Pennsylvania who best exemplifies the spirit of Penn’s performing arts community.  The Award will be presented to a graduating senior by a representative of the Mask and Wig Club. Winners need not, but may, be affiliated with Mask and Wig.

This award will be presented to a graduating senior who has shown leadership in the Penn student performing arts community.  A special ceremony will be held during Alumni Weekend. The recipient will be recognized in the Commencement Program, and their name will be added to a plaque in Platt Student Performing Arts House.

Award Criteria

Key question: Which member of the senior class best exemplifies the spirit of Penn’s performing arts community?

A student leader within the Penn undergraduate performing arts club community who:

  • Has been actively involved in student performing arts productions during a majority of his/her semesters at Penn.
  • Promotes the value of deep involvement in performing arts leadership on campus and is or has been deeply committed to the pursuits of one or several student performing arts groups.
  • Currently holds or has held in the previous three semesters a leadership position in a student performing arts group.

This student leader may distinguish themselves further by demonstrating that they have:

  • Provided support to community members interested in or involved in performing arts opportunities on campus.
  • A record of distinguished service to Penn in addition to the performing arts community (i.e., other extracurricular activities, service, ambassadorship).

Please note: the selection committee will consider the following areas during the selection process: performing arts leadership, impact on the performing arts community, performing arts participation, performing arts service, performing arts mentorship, as well as leadership and campus involvement outside the performing arts.

Definitions and Notes

“Student performing arts groups” are defined as student-led, University-recognized extracurricular groups.  Groups may be:

  • a member group of the Performing Arts Council (PAC), and/or
  • one that practices, performs and/or teaches performing arts, and/or
  • one that uses performing arts in a community service context (e.g., After School Arts Program, Penn Music Mentoring)

Nomination & Application

The 2022 Goff Award application is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2023 for more information on the 2023 Goff Award application cycle. 

If you have any questions, please contact Platt House staff.

For more information about The Goff Award, please contact the Director of Platt House at 215-898-2312 or platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu.

The Francis Johnson Baton: An Award for Altruism

Awarded to a student performing arts group demonstrating meaningful and consistent community service.

The Office of the Chaplain and Platt Student Performing Arts House collaborate to bring you the Francis Johnson Baton: An Award for Altruism. Named for Francis Johnson (1792-1844), Penn band leader and internationally renowned African American musician and composer, this award celebrates community service provided by University of Pennsylvania student performing arts groups.

Awarded to a student performing arts group demonstrating meaningful and consistent community service.

The Office of the Chaplain and Platt Student Performing Arts House collaborate to bring you the Francis Johnson Baton: An Award for Altruism. Named for Francis Johnson (1792-1844), Penn band leader and internationally renowned African American musician and composer, this award celebrates community service provided by University of Pennsylvania student performing arts groups.

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QUALIFICATIONS

Community service includes, but is not limited to, fundraisers and charitable performances benefiting outside causes, workshops for local public school children, and group participation in After School Arts at Penn (ASAP). Throughout the year, it is the responsibility of the student group to record and evaluate community service. At the close of the academic year, participating student groups will submit a summary of their community service including a reflection on the impact their work has made on their communities and the members within the student performing arts group. Student performing arts groups are not required to be members of the Performing Arts Council (PAC) or have an affiliation with Platt House and/or the Office of the Chaplain to be eligible for this award.

Groups that receive the Award are not eligible to receive it again for the following two academic years.

AWARD

The student performing arts group that demonstrates the most meaningful and consistent community service as determined by a committee of Penn staff will be awarded its name upon a plaque to be displayed in Platt Student Performing Arts House and a dinner party hosted by the Office of the Chaplain.

PAST RECIPIENTS

2013 – 2014     CityStep
2014 – 2015     Disney A Cappella
2015 – 2016     New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir
2016- 2 017     The Mask and Wig Club
2017 – 2018     Front Row Theatre Company
2018 – 2019     Sparks Dance Company
2019 – 2020     Stimulus Children’s Theatre

APPLICATION

The 2022 Francis Johnson Baton Award application process is open now through Monday, April 4th. Please use this form to apply by Tuesday, April 12th.   

Questions about The Francis Johnson Baton can be directed to platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu

The Annual Senior Spotlight Awards

HISTORY

During Penn’s first hybrid semester in the spring of 2021, the Senior Spotlight Awards originated to celebrate a graduating class who weathered difficult transitions in their academic and extracurricular life, yet continued to find joy and connection through virtual, socially distanced, and outdoor re-imaginings of their performing arts communities. While the challenges in student life continue to shift year by year, Senior Spotlights remain a powerful way for students to shine light on their graduating peers who have been mentors and inspirations throughout their creative journey.

AWARD

Because this award serves to amplify the voices of the student community, all nominees are recognized at an end-of-year Awards Ceremony and receive a small token to celebrate their achievements.

NOMINATION

Nomination requirements include a photograph and a short message, which will be The 2022 Senior Spotlight Award nomination process is now open. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 25th. Please use this link to submit your nomination by the deadline.

PAST RECIPIENTS

John Anderson, W’21
Whitney Barrett, C’21
Leah Baxter, C’21
Connor Beard, C’21
Reagan, Bracknell, C’21
Sabrina de Brito, C’21
Tia Denby, ENG’21
Jacob Dubner, C’21
Alec Escobar, C’21
Lucy Fang, C’21, G’21
David Fernandez, C’21
Adam First, C’21
Kelly Flynn, C’21
Joelle Gross, C’21
Liam Hosey, ENG’21
Kassidy Houston, C’21
Manya Johnston-Ramirez, C’21
Landry Krebs, C’21
Dana Lane, C’21
Hannah Lottenberg, C’21
Evan McClelland, C’21, GR’22
Madeleine McGrath, C’21, G’23
Nina McManus, W’21
Jake Milner, W’21
James Noonan, C’21
Shalom Obiago, C’21
Zoe Osborne, C’21
Kelsey Padilla, C’21
Hannah Paquet, C’21
Lauren Payton, C’21
Rachel Perlstein, C’21
Henry Platt, C’21
Sarah Schwarz, C’21
Carrie Shade, C’21
Ayaka Shimada, C’21
Janvi Shukla, C’21
Aditya Singh, W’21
Declan Stecher, C’21
Olvin Villatoro, W’21
Tias Volker, C’21
Bernie Wang, C21, ENG21
Lizzie Youshaei, W’21
Mic Zammuto, C’21
Michelle Zhou, C’21

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