Friends of Theatre UNI Scholarship

For nearly four decades, the theatre’s support group, the Society of Theatrical Angels, Gallivants, and Enthusiasts, Incorporated, has donated scholarships to students in theatre. In 2013, S.T.A.G.E., Inc. became Friends of Theatre UNI.  The organization supports many projects for the theatre, including guest residencies, receptions, and equipment. Funding for the scholarships is derived from the membership fees for the organization. The organization’s Board selects the scholarship recipients through a competitive application and interview process.

2014-15 Friends of Theatre UNI Scholarship Awards:

Nathan Jorgensen

A senior at UNI, majoring in Communication & Theatre Education and minoring in English Education, Nathan Jorgensen aspires to teach in the Midwest and in pursuing graduate school for Theatre Directing.

At UNI, Nathan has been cast in productions such as: She Stoops to ConquerThe Yellow BoatDie, Claudius!, and has been Assistant Director in Bat Boy: The MusicalLysistrataThe American Way of Eating, and August: Osage County. He has worked on the Stage Management team for Merchant of Venice (BEACH!)GuernicaMad Forest, and August: Osage County. Also, he has worked on various stage crews such as Light Board Operator and Sound Board Operator, and in the Costume and Scenic Shops.

He has been a member of Alpha Psi Omega since his freshman year and has served on the board as Treasurer for two years, and is currenty serving as President. He has recently directed the UNISTA productions of How I Learned to Drive,Twelfth Night, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. For the fall 2014, Nathan will appear in Love & Information as well as serve Assistant Director and a member of the Dramaturgy Team for the production. Nathan is also currently working as Thespian Festival Student Coordinator for the 2014 Iowa Thespian Festival hosted by UNI in November.


Madeline Achen



Madeline Achen is a senior Theatre: Performance major with a minor in Music. After graduating from UNI in May, she plans to continue to learn and work both as an actor and a technician in many parts of the country before pursuing graduate school and later returning to the Midwest to start her own theatre company/arts center. 
From being cast in main stage productions like Spring Awakening to her role as a TA in the Scenic Shop, Madeline has aspired to learn as much as she can about every facet of theatrical performance and production during her time here at UNI. She has also held the position of paint charge (Mauritus, August: Osage County), assistant to the director (The Merchant of Venice: Beach!), and run crew member (Lysistrata). 

Madeline has been fortunate enough to hold internships in area theatres during the last two summers, and recently was one of the recipients of the Wise Broadway Tour Scholarship, which allowed her to travel to New York City for five days to see shows and network with UNI alums. She has been very active in student theatre and has been a member of the UNISTA board for the past two years. This year, she is also the member-at-large of USITT, and is a member of the honor fraternity APO. 
This fall, Madeline can be found playing Dana Fielding in The Sweetest Swing in BaseballI, which opens on October 9th




Olivia Frisch


Olivia Frisch is a senior Theatre Major with a double emphasis is Performance and Drama for Youth. She aspires to be an actress and work with children in a theatre setting. 

She is President of UNISTA and Social Chair of APO. She has been seen onstage in such parts as Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice: Beach!, The American Way of Eating, and Karen Weston in August:Osage County. This semester she is working on Love and Information as an Assistant Director/Dramaturg and a part of the acting team in the video unit. She is also a TA for the costume studio. 



Samuel Card



Samuel Card is a 5th year senior at UNI. Born and raised in Waterloo, he was introduced to theatre at the young age of 5 years old at the Waterloo Community Playhouse. While studying Drama and Theatre for Youth at UNI, Sam has invested time and education toward the many experiences he's obtained working with youth of all ages and abilities. Particularly, Sam has been profoundly impacted by his work with Spectrum Youth Theatre and the continual guidance of Gretta Berghammer in this field. 

At UNI Sam has been onstage in shows like Mother Hicks, Lysistrata, and Merchant of Venice, Sam was also the assistant director for Spring Awakening last fall. Sam has taken advantage of the opportunity at UNI to produce work of his own by presenting two staged readings of his original plays, A Deadly Affair and Pleasant Valley. In his time at UNI, Sam has not only been involved in the department, but in the community as well. This includes acting in local productions, teaching at Exceptional Persons Inc., and his numerous production credits with Northstar at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Perfroming Arts Center.
Most of Sam's greatest accomplishments come from his work with young people. This includes his many experiences teaching youth on the autism spectrum, his work on an Autism Speaks Grant piloted by Gretta Berghammer, performing in and devising the innovative theatre piece Playful Inventions, directing the popular children's play The Arkansaw Bear, as well as directing and teaching young people at the Omaha Theatre Company for Young Audiences this last summer. Sam is currently finishing up his last semester at UNI by working on a second devised theatre piece that will incorporate the themes, ideas, and many stories of Alice In Wonderland in a sensory friendly theatre experience.