For the love of the stage
When a former drama student passed away last year, the Washington College community keenly felt the loss. “Charlie Glowacki was an extraordinarily honest, funny, complicated, and incredibly passionate young man,” says Michele Volansky, associate professor of drama. “We miss him terribly.”
Charlie’s family chose to honor his memory by funding a theatrical internship experience for a current student. The recipient, Kristen Hammond ’14, used the money to help finance a summer internship at the Playpenn New Play Development Conference in Philadelphia.
The three-week conference brought together new playwrights from around the country to workshop their plays with the help of a staff of theater professionals. As an intern, Hammond lent a helping hand to the director. She was responsible for ensuring that scripts were prepared and distributed, reading them aloud for the playwrights, and keeping the process running smoothly.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Hammond says. “The main purpose, though, was to really listen and learn from these professionals. It was incredibly satisfying because you’re helping a playwright see their dream manifested and made into something even better than what they initially imagined.”
Hammond learned of the Glowacki scholarship from Professor Volansky. “She told me that the College wanted to help fund an experiential learning opportunity for a drama student with a gift they received, and that she felt I was most deserving. I was stunned,” Hammond says.
She was even more surprised when she discovered the scholarship’s origins. “I felt so honored to be receiving support in this way. The scholarship helped make this experience possible for me, and I feel truly blessed and grateful to the Glowacki family for their help.”
Volansky had this to say: “Charlie loved the theater. I never saw him more alive than when he was onstage, and the idea of giving to someone else, providing an opportunity for another student to do what he could not, seems quintessentially Charlie.”