120 Kids Awarded Scholarships to ZACH Camps
With the help of a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation, 120 kids will be given the opportunity to broaden their imaginations and hit the stage at ZACH’s Performing Arts School after-school and summer camps. Read the full article from the Austin American-Statesman below:
Grants help 120 youths attend acting camps
Scholarships help low-income children take classes at Zachary Scott Theatre Center.
By Huong Le
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Acting helps boost Bria Robinson’s confidence. Studying comedy helps George Nash overcome his shyness. Isabella Bastidas doesn’t really know why she loves acting.
“That’s still a mystery to me, but I love playing around and seeing if people would like it on stage,” said Isabella, 11.
The three are among 120 students who have been awarded scholarships to attend after-school programs and summer camps at Zachary Scott Theatre Center’s performing arts school in Austin. The scholarships target children from low-income households and are supported by a $25,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation, which announced the awards Monday.
“I believe that the basic right for all children is the need to express themselves, whether through writing or acting,” said Tina Gramann, the theater’s director of education.
Students can use the scholarships to attend theatrical classes, workshops and camps at Zachary Scott, where they can learn about comedy improvisation and film acting and perform in Shakespearean plays.
Zachary Scott has been in Austin since 1933 and serves about 60,000 students a year. A semesterlong class costs $275 to $300; a weeklong camp costs about $250.
Bria, 12, who is attending a Shakespeare camp, said she likes acting because it allows her to be another person. George’s mother, Joann Cain, said the 11-year-old has attended the theater’s programs since age 5.
“It really keeps him occupied. He’s definitely not shy now, and that carries over in school,” Cain said.
At Right: Tina Gramann, Director of ZACH’s Performing Arts School. Let her know what you think! If you are interested in registering for ZACH’s Performing Arts School or for more information, please visit the Performing Arts School Website.