Each autumn for the past 17 years, PCA’s Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award has celebrated high school students who excel in the arts. Arthur C. Greene was an actor, director, and Professor of Drama at the University of Virginia from 1960-1992. He devoted a large part of his life to encouraging the talents of young people, and the awards were so named in his honor.
This year marks the 18th anniversary of the award, which PCA has given to more than 250 students, many of whom continue to study the arts in college and become arts professionals. The Rising Star program is the only awards opportunity for high school students in a wide range of arts genres, including visual arts, film, drama, music, and writing. We were also excited to receive nominations from three area nonprofits – Live Arts, Light House Studio, and Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center.
On October 3, 2014, from 5:00-7:30pm at CitySpace, PCA will host the annual Rising Star Awards Celebration & Exhibition Opening to honor the 2014 Rising Star winners. The program, held every autumn, features student performances, awards ceremony, reception, and gallery exhibition featuring students’ accomplishments. The event is FREE and open to the public.
The 2014 Rising Star Award recipients are:
Emily Battle, St. Anne’s Belfield School
Brielle Costello, St. Anne’s Belfield School
Ben Culver, Monticello High School
Edward Diven, Tandem Friends School
Alex Espinosa, Monticello High School
Will Jones, Light House Studio/Charlottesville High School
Geneva Knight, Charlottesville High School
Genevieve Lewis, Monticello High School
Mason Martin, Covenant School
Allison Moore, Albemarle High School
Daniel Neale, Live Arts/Charlottesville High School
Kira Nolan, Albemarle High School
Marta Regn, Miller School of Albemarle
Brennan Reid, Western Albemarle High School
Colette Rogers, Albemarle High School
Sydney Saunders, Charlottesville High School
Jacob Sawyer, Covenant School
Kadin Sullivan, Charlottesville High School
Dorothy Sysling, Murray High School
Theo Trotter, Renaissance School
Heather Walton, Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center/Monticello High School
Yiyi Wei, St. Anne’s Belfield School
Joey Wharton, Albemarle High School
Seamore Zhu, Western Albemarle High School
Join us on October 3 at CitySpace to celebrate these students and their remarkable achievements!
Image Credit: A student performance in the 2013 Rising Star Award Ceremony