PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SBCC Theatre Arts Department Announces Sara Smith/Phyllis Mailes Scholarship Competition Winners

The SBCC Theatre Arts Department, in collaboration with the SBCC Foundation, is pleased to announce 10 student recipients of the Sara Evelyn Smith Endowed Scholarships in Theatre Arts and the Phyllis Mailes Memorial Scholarship for Actors for 2014-2015. Selections were made based on essays detailing educational and professional goals as well as 2-4 minute monologues performed in front of a panel of judges.

This year’s recipients are Tessa Corrie, Waldo Damaso-Figueroa, Antonio DeNunzio, Natalie Ginsberg, Emma Jolin, Amanda Probst, Nicole Romero, Samantha Wierick, Laksmini Wiyantini and Zammi Zwane.

The Sara Evelyn Smith Scholarships in Theatre Arts were established in honor of a very special woman who spent over 50 years in theatre arts education. She acted in numerous productions, taught theatre in the Detroit school system, and directed musical shows and youth theatre productions for most of her life. Her son, the late Bob Smith, owned KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara and her daughter-in-law, Anne, was an educator in theatre arts and past president of the Board of Directors of the Lobero Theatre.

The Phyllis Mailes Memorial Scholarship for Actors was established by her son Tim Whitcomb in honor of her support of the arts.

A total of ten $1,000 scholarships are determined by the monologue competition held each fall. Any SBCC Theatre student who is taking at least nine units at SBCC and is currently enrolled in an acting class is eligible to compete for one of the awards.

A scholarship reception was held on November 18 at the Jurkowitz Theatre, at which time the recipients performed their monologues for donors, faculty, friends, and family.

About the SBCC Foundation

The SBCC Foundation was established in 1976 to support Santa Barbara City College students through sustained philanthropy. Today, the foundation continues to be a critical link for those interested in pursuing goals for higher education, providing financial support in the form of scholarships, book grants, child care opportunities, tutoring, and programmatic aid. Last year, the foundation gave more than $3.5 million in assistance to SBCC students, helping them prepare for careers and/or transfer to four-year universities.


Jessica Tade
Director of Marketing and Communications
SBCC Foundation
(805) 730-4412

Pamela Lasker
Theatre Manager
The Theatre Group at SBCC
(805) 965-5935

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