Current MIller Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Class of 2022

Avery Erskine, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

Twelfth Night Mainstage Performance
The objective of the project is to have a full weekend of a mainstage production (i.e. not in a lecture hall) of Twelfth Night so that we can reach a larger audience and so that we can retain the technical work that has already been put into this production.
Faculty Mentor: David Dalton
Department: Drama

Rainah Gregory, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

New York Research Trip
I would like to have the opportunity to travel to New York to conduct research. I am currently in the process of declaring Drama as a major and American Sign Language as a minor. It is a goal of mine to work with both hearing and Deaf actors. During this trip I will conduct research in Deaf artists and their collaborations in theatre. I am also interested in learning more about physical theatre and experimental theatre.
Faculty Mentor: David Dalton
Department: Drama

Maya Kim, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Objects as Portraits
In this project, I intend to use color reduction linoleum prints to create a series of still-lifes intended to represent people’s identities through their objects.
Faculty Mentor: Akemi Ohira
Department: Studio Art

Ann-Elizabeth (Libbie) Ryan, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

BDF/Gibney Connect 2021 Dance Intensive
Bates Dance Festival/Gibney Connect 2021 is a five-day dance intensive in NYC, aimed to cultivate creative exchange between artists and dancers.
Faculty Mentor: Kathryn Schetlick
Department: Dance

Benjamin Trombetta, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

Third Year Recital: From Practice to Performance
I intend to perform a third-year recital early in the Spring semester of 2021, featuring both classical and musical theater repertoire.
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Beasley
Department: Music

Elizabeth (Liza) Wimbish, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Photographing Still Lifes
The main component that the grant will fund is a digital camera, and specifically, I am interested in purchasing a Sony Alpha a7R III. This camera fits my needs because it is a professional quality, mirrorless camera.
Faculty Mentor: William Wylie
Department: Studio Art

Katherine (Katie) Yared, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

Bates Dance Festival/Gibney Connect 2021 Dance Intensive
My proposed project is attending a five-day intensive: the Bates Dance Festival/Gibney Connect 2021 Dance Intensive (two names, but a singular intensive).
Faculty Mentor: Kathryn Schetlick
Department: Dance

Zohar (Zoe) Ziff, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

American Dance Festival Winter Intensive (Winter 2020/21)
My amended project proposal is to attend the one-week American Dance Festival Winter Intensive in New York City. During the program, I will attend three to four classes a day in a variety of movement styles including contemporary technique, improvisation, and repertory from guest companies.
Faculty Mentor: Kim Brooks-Mata
Department: Dance

Karen Zipor, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

NYC or LA: A Summer of Industry Experience & Learning
I plan to either hone my craft as an actor or get real-world experience in the film industry. I hope to improve my acting technique at the Stella Adler Studio in NYC, or work at a film company in L.A., assigned through the Emmys Television Academy Foundation.
Faculty Mentor: David Dalton
Department: Drama

Class of 2021

Jakob Cansler, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

A Summer Internship for Directing
It is my intention to intern at a professional theatre in either directing or artistic directing in order to gain first-hand experience in the theatre industry. I plan on applying to numerous summer internships at various theatres across the country, including Hartford Stage Company, San Francisco Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, as well as a few others.

Jakob Cansler, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

The Cocktail Party​: Directing a Full-Length Play
This Fall, through Virginia Players (the student wing of the Department of Drama), I will be directing a fully-realized, full-length production of ​The Cocktail Party​. The final product will be a fully-realized, entirely student-created production that will perform for one weekend in the Department of Drama.
Faculty Mentor: David Dalton
Department: Drama

Adam Cooper, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

Experimental Music Project (The Cello and Beyond)
I am asking for funding to buy a cello pickup microphone, Abelton Standard Software, an Abelton Push MIDI Controller, a Focusrite Audio Interface, and an Akai mini-keyboard Controller. Each of these items will be used to expand my capacities as a musician to explore new, experimental music with my cello.
Faculty Mentor: Adam Carter
Department: Music

Adam Cooper, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

Expanding Cello Performance and Electronic Music Production
I have been a classically trained cellist for 15 years, but over the past two years, I have begun to explore different types of music. This experience has been quite shocking, as I have seen the power of music in a much different way. Creating new types of music beyond the classical genre has inspired me to see other ways that music can effectively resonate with people. Thus, I hope for this project to be an opportunity for me to utilize my musical talents to create new music.
Faculty Mentor: Adam Carter/Michael Rasbury
Department: Music/Drama

Evie Galvan, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

Holding Dance In My Hand
My hope is to receive funding to order a DJI Osmo Pocket Action Camera. This is an extremely small camera that is hand held and can record video and photographs with a very stable and reliable display. This camera will allow me to record movement anywhere and everywhere with such ease, truly letting the world become my stage. The ability to create dance in less restrictive spaces is truly a goal of mine, as I am extremely interested by how the movement we engage in every day, whether that be walking, working out, or even witnessing the movement of nature can actually be understood as dance.

Tina Hashemi, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

Networking and Musicianship Development in New York City
I propose spending a week in New York during the time that Stephanie Nakasian, my voice instructor at UVA, will be in New York performing and sitting in at many clubs including Birdland. She has agreed to allow me to accompany her and sit-in on her and others’ performances while introducing me to the big names of jazz in New York City.

Tina Hashemi, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

Presenting and Recording a Professional Jazz Recital
I would like to professionally record my recital and release it as a live album. A recording technician and professional videographer would allow me to accomplish this by documenting the concert and then mixing and editing the recordings.
Faculty Mentor: John D'Earth
Department: Music

Margaret Kim, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Taxidermy of Biologically Possible Alien Organisms
This proposal will span two parts: summer when I will learn taxidermy, and the fall and spring when I will work to incorporate the taxidermy into my art.
Faculty Mentor: William Bennett
Department: Studio Art

Kiana Pilson, Dance

Rising 4th Year Award

Studying with the American Dance Festival and CLI Studios
I am applying for a Miller Arts Rising Fourth Year Award to attend the American Dance Festival’s 2020 winter intensive, as well as various online classes.
Faculty Mentor: Kim Brooks-Mata
Department: Dance

Veronica Seguin, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

Breaking into the Business: A Summer of Acting and Networking in NYC
My goal for this summer is to supplement my UVa dual-degree with a rigorous performance studies curriculum at the Summer Conservatory. I hope to glean practical field experience by working alongside industry professionals while making connections with peers and employers I undoubtedly will collaborate with in future film and television projects.

Veronica Seguin, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

A Summer of Acting Study: The Artistic Trifecta
I look forward to expanding my acting training and involvement in short films as I will explain below. I have created the following detailed proposal for my Artistic Trifecta in which I hope to enrich my acting development. Essentially, I am centering my summer project around three training principles: professional feedback, self-inquiry and study with theory books, and immediate training application through involvement in a web series. I want each spoke of the trifecta to enrich the others as I work through each stage in parallel to nurture my acting development this summer. Seeing as this is my last summer still in college, this is the best time for me to tackle such a project.
Faculty Mentor: David Dalton
Department: Drama

Maile-Rose Smith, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

Four Weeks of Film Acting: Summer at the New York Film Academy
With a Rising Fourth Year Arts Award, I would like to attend the New York Film Academy’s four-week Acting for Film workshop, a full-time, immersive training program focusing on Stanislavski’s System, monologues, and scene studies; I have experience in these valuable tools through the lens of theatre, but I have not been trained with them in a film setting.
Faculty Mentor: Doug Grissom
Department: Drama

Isabella Ullmann, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

Creative Online Courses
I am requesting online classes at Gotham’s Writers, “...where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship,” according to their website. Gotham Writers was recommended to me by a mentor of mine, writer/director Roger Kumble, who developed some of his best work from their programs. I am also requesting a year subscription to Masterclass, an online site that hosts professionals from a variety of fields give virtual classes on their professions.
Faculty Mentor: Doug Grissom
Department: Drama

Lyla Ward, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

Experiencing Experimental Theater In New York City
This summer I will be interning with Richard Maxwell’s experimental theater company New York City Players in Brooklyn, New York. I will be organizing their archives, creating content for the website, and helping assist in production for a series of summer workshops with their Incoming Theater Division. The Incoming Theater Division is a program that supports immigrant playwrights in putting their work onstage.