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Gilbert and Patricia Davis endowed a new scholarship this year in honor of Shakespeare. Theatre students Justin Mackey and Kimberly Griggs are the first recipients.

Justin Mackey performs as William Shakespeare in 'Bard to Go."

Justin Mackey performs as William Shakespeare in ‘Bard to Go.”

Justin Mackey, who will be a senior, was the primary recipient.  He excels in a variety of areas and never backs off from work or a challenge.  He is always ready to give 100% to his work, his peers, and his art.  Justin has participated in nine shows at Grand Valley.  He extended his experiences outside of Grand Valley and into the community this year by doing three shows in downtown Grand Rapids and touring the west side of the state with the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of Bard to Go.  He works during the academic year in our scene shop as well, is active in APO, the honorary theatre fraternity, and hopes to pursue an MFA in either acting or directing upon his April 2016 graduation. Theatre goers might remember him from Much Ado two years ago—he played Claudio.

Kimberly Griggs is the co-recipient. She is a 5th year senior, having taken off time in

Kimberly Griggs talks to an audience member after a "Bard to Go" performance.

Kimberly Griggs talks to an audience member after a “Bard to Go” performance.

the past two years to work.  She will be attending school part-time in the Fall and plans to graduate in December 2015. She was last seen in the mainstage Shakespeare as Margaret in Much Ado and was also in the 2014 Bard to Go.  Kimi, as she is called, is a double major in Theatre and Psych, with a minor in Applied Statistics.  She has been president of APO, and works backstage, onstage, and in every stage!   This year, she was one of 30 students (out of over 250) to become a semi-finalist for the Irene Ryan Acting Award at the Region III Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.  She is frequently involved in West Michigan’s Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, having played Hermia and Julia for them. She hopes to find theatre work as an apprenticeship with a professional company upon graduation.

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