The Mary Martin Program in the Performing Arts
Established in 1992 (and re-dedicated in 2012) by Matthew T. Weir ’90 in honor of his grandmother Mary Martin, The Mary Martin Program in the Performing Arts establishes a student award, research funds for faculty and students as well as an artist’s residency and lecture series.
The Mary Martin Program in the Performing Arts is made up of the following:
The Mary Martin Prize
Awarded by the Department of Drama faculty to a student majoring in Drama who demonstrates great dedication in any area of the theater arts.
The Mary Martin Student Fellowships
This fund provides the opportunity for students majoring or minoring in Drama to pursue independent learning experiences. Students may apply for a grant to support, for instance, summer internships or research. Upon completion of their project, students will be asked to share their learning with peers in the form of a paper or performance.
This lecture or performance series hosts exemplary scholars, artists, and performers of national and international stature. Such a series not only benefits students in the drama department, but the campus community as a whole, as it permits exposure to a depth and breadth of performance styles, expertise, and passions.
Long/Short-term Residential Fellowship
Through a fellowship program, visits by eminent scholars and performers for a period of time ranging from one-week to an entire year are supported. While they work on a project of their own, the scholars will be stimulated by interactions with members of the campus community and often offer workshops, deliver public lectures, visit classes, and meet informally with students.
For information about the Mary Martin Program in the Performing Arts, please contact Michele Volansky, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Drama: email@example.com
Actress Mary Martin had that special ability to take a part and make it her own. The mention of her name brings to mind a particularly vivid set of images: Ensign Nellie Forbush washing that man right out-a her hair, Dolly Winslow—whose heart belongs to Daddy—shedding her furs, and Peter Pan teaching the Darling children to fly and to crow: er-er-er-errrh!
Since her debut singing “When Apples Grow on the Lilac Trees” at a fireman’s ball in Weatherford, Texas, at age 5, Martin brought to life—on stage, screen, television, and radio—a formidable range of characters including Maria in The Sound of Music, for which she won the Tony Award in 1960. Martin also garnered Tony Awards for her work as Peter Pan (1955) and as Annie Oakley in the touring company of Annie Get Your Gun (1948).
The televised version of Peter Pan, only recently re-broadcast to a new generation of fans, also won her the Emmy. Who has not been touched by the captivating Peter? In Martin’s own words, “Never Land is the way I would like real life to be: timeless, free, mischievous, filled with gaiety, tenderness, and magic.”
Among the songs which will forever be associated with Mary Martin is “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” from the 1938 production of Cole Porter’s Leave It to Me, which launched her Broadway career. Later, adding another Dolly to her repertoire in 1965, Martin toured the United States and the world as Dolly Levi in the international touring company of Hello, Dolly!, which included engagements in Okinawa, Korea, Japan, South Vietnam, and London.
Biography from Kennedy Center Honoree site.
Past recipients of Mary Martin Scholarship:
1997 Mary Hoffman
1998 Elizabeth Garrott
1999 Paula Knowles
1999 Lindsay Krieg
2000 Mindy A. Beers
2001 A.J. Rendo
2002 Allison Heishman
2003 Andrew Cowles
2004 Matthew Biringer
2005 Heather Holiday
2006 Greg Schaefer
2007 Marielle Latrick
2008 Aileen Brenner
2008 Mary Lide
2009 Kelsy Long
2010 Margaret Farrell
2010 Jessica Blanch
2011 Michael Zurawksi
2011 Maggie Matthews
2012 Nina Sharp
2013 Samantha Bitzelberger