KC Mehl Memorial Scholarship Fund

The KC Mehl Memorial Scholarship Fund is seeking SMA members who are willing to continue its valuable mission of identifying promising young stage managers and providing them with a structured mentoring program. 

While that search is in progress, the Mehl Scholarship awards program is temporarily suspended.

The KC Mehl Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of Stage Manager KC Mehl who died on March 19, 2005 at the age of 21. Before her death, KC had begun a promising career as a Stage Manager in Philadelphia's theatrical community. She had fostered mentor relationships with several experienced Stage Managers in order to learn the delicate art of Stage Management. Although she was not yet an official member of the Stage Managers' Association, she was active with Philadelphia's SMA events and showed a commitment to the ideals of the SMA. This Scholarship is meant to encourage such attributes in others.

This fund would provide a one-time gift to young Stage Managers to cover the fee of a one year Associate Membership in the SMA. Any person who demonstrates an intent to pursue a career as a professional Stage Manager is eligible for Associate Membership. An Associate Member may attend all meetings and gatherings, and serve on committees, but has no voting privileges.

Stage Managers who are 19 - 22 years of age should send their Stage Management resume, one letter of recommendation from a professional Stage Manager* and a letter of commitment to a career in Stage Management to David Coffman.  Documents should be sent in a format that is PC compatible. Please put [SMA] KC Mehl Scholarship Fund in the subject line.

Application deadline for 2008 award is  Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 11:59 p.m.

* Individuals who have not worked with a professional stage manager may submit a letter from an established theatre professional with whom they have worked, be it a professor, director, actor, or designer.

Stage Managers who are 23 - 26 years of age should send their Stage Management resume, one letter of recommendation from a current Member of SMA and a letter of commitment to a career in Stage Management to Jeremy Ward. Documents should be sent in a format that is PC compatible. Please put [SMA] KC Mehl Scholarship Fund in the subject line.

Application deadline for 2008 award is  Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 11:59 p.m.

There will be three Scholarship Recipients each year: one from the Eastern Region, one from the Central Region and one from the Western Region of the United States. 2008 Scholarship Recipients will be named in January 2008.

The Application process for 2009 will be in November 2008 and Recipients will be named in January 2009.

Announcing the 2007 KC Mehl Memorial Scholarship Recipients

The second annual award of a one-year Associate Membership in the SMA was granted to Ms. Dana M. Burck of Coral Gables, Florida,  Jorge L. Delgadillo of Phoenix, Arizona and Jennifer R. Harber of Bloomington, Indiana.  Each year applications are received from across the country with three chosen, each representing the Eastern, Central and Western Regions of the country.

Beginning this year, the 2007 and 2006 recipients will participate in on-line chats in an effort to improve the social, networking and planning aspects of their SMA activities. Throughout the year, recipients are asked to provide updates on their developing careers and their relationship with the SMA. The program looks to develop future leaders of the Association. Keep your eyes on these talented young stage managers!

The 2006 recipients were Megan Allen (Eastern Region), Alfredo Macias (Western Region), and  Katie Seibel (Central Region).