New Shakespeare summer theater program offers scholarships

Shakespeare Academy at Stratford, a summer theater program for college students, announced this week that the Mighty Quinn Foundation will provide two full scholarships and one partial scholarship for students to attend the inaugural program this summer in Stratford.

Mighty Quinn Foundation is a Stratford-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to the enhancement of the educational and theatrical experiences of young adults. The awards will be known as the Quinn Rooney Shakespeare Scholarships.

Foundation named for teenager

Founded in 2012, the Mighty Quinn Foundation honors the passion for learning and love of theater of Quinn Rooney, a lifelong Stratford resident who died from a rare form of brain cancer in June 2012 at the age of 19. In his memory, the foundation provides scholarships and theater study programs for high school and college students.

Chris Rooney, chair of the Mighty Quinn Foundation, and Sue Wright, the board president, said that they are delighted that the foundation will fund these scholarships in memory of their son Quinn.

Deadline to apply is April 23

Shakespeare Academy at Stratford will be six-week educational intensive on the grounds of the former American Shakespeare Festival Theater in Stratford. Students will take daily classes in Shakespeare performance and contemporary ensemble theater-making.

The program will culminate in the production of two Shakespeare plays in repertory: "Cymbeline" and "Hamlet."

Applicants will be considered for a scholarship on a rolling basis. All college students, graduating high school seniors, and recent college graduates are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The final application deadline is April 23. For more information on Shakespeare Academy at Stratford and scholarship application details, visit the program website at