Three students, one from each South Florida county, were named to receive the 2022 Jack Zink Memorial Student Scholarship from the Carbonell organization.
Selection of recipients is based on talent, experience and demonstrated commitment to the theater. The awards – one of the primary purposess of the Carbonell program – go to graduating high school seniors who have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA and are intending to enroll in college to pursue a degree in theater or journalism.
Each of the three winners will receive $2,000 when they have enrolled in college, said Javier Siut, a member of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, who co-chairs the Carbonell’s Scholarship Committee along with longtime Carbonell Judge Nancy Cohen.
The winners are:
Kaja Andric – Palm Beach County: A senior Communications major at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Andric enjoys reading and writing—particularly journalism, which she will study at New York University in the fall. Her writing has been awarded the National Gold Medal in Journalism from the Scholastic Awards, and First Place Story of the Year from the National Scholastic Press Association.
Emily Taylor Kaufman – Broward County: Hailing from Cooper City, she has been performing around South Florida since she was six years old. In addition to appearing in more than 30 musical productions, she is a lead vocalist for a capella group ACAPOP! Kids, which launched globally on all digital platforms. She is a featured National Anthem singer for the Miami Heat, Florida Marlins, and David Beckham’s new soccer team, and performed with singers Phil Collins and Lou Gramm. Kaufman will be attending Rider University in New Jersey, aiming for a BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Arts Management.
Antony Ojeda – Miami-Dade County: Moving away from Russia at a young age, the actor, playwright, and director spent two years at Miami Arts Charter and will enroll in the University of Central Florida’s BFA Acting program, where he plans to double major in both acting and writing.
The annual scholarships are named for Jack Zink (1947-2008) who was a major voice in South Florida entertainment coverage for more than three decades. During his long career, he was employed as entertainment editor, columnist, critic and reporter at each of South Florida’s major newspapers—The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach Post & Evening Times, and The Fort Lauderdale News. Zink was the founder and a past president of the Carbonell Awards, a past president of The American Theatre Critics Association, He received the Carbonell’s highest honor, the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.
The awards will be presented at the 45th annual Carbonell Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 7, at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.
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Palm Beach Dramaworks is continuing its online Dramaworkshop series of live play readings this summer on Monday evenings by a Q&A. New readings begin every other Monday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but reservations are required at https://tinyurl.com/2dp2eybu.
June 20 – Dangerous Instruments by Gina Montet
Laura, a young single mother, would do anything for her gifted son, Daniel. Scholarships to elite private schools are the golden ticket for her little genius, but when Daniel’s brilliant mind becomes violent, she finds herself battling a broken system. Laura must confront a mother’s darkest fears as she desperately races to help her son before he becomes the next horrifying headline.
July 11 – The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool by Michael Hollinger
Adalia — Virgin Queen of the Realm and Mother of Us All — is dying, and must name her successor before it’s too late. But she’d rather spend her final hours enjoying the company of her Fool, whose repertoire includes bloody French ballads, bawdy puppets and fart jokes. Meanwhile, her nephew and niece have both assembled armies to storm the castle, each hoping to grab the crown as it falls. Clearly, the clock is ticking — what’s a woman to do?
July 18 – The Islanders by Carey Crim
Anna lives a small and quiet life on Beaver Island, Michigan. She has few friends and likes it that way. Her carefully controlled world is turned upside-down by the arrival of charming but secretive new neighbor Dutch. For different reasons, Dutch and Anna have each been thrown away by mainstream society. Can their connection survive the revelations that must inevitably come with true intimacy?
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Darius V. Daughtry, a local playwright, director and educator, will present a staged reading of his new play, Seeking, on July 23 and 24 at the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
The program is part of the Broward Center’s Arts for Action: Black Voices initiative which aims to use the arts as a tool or catalyst to heighten awareness, deepen knowledge and mobilize action on social justice issues.
The work is described as following “a young musician’s pursuit of independence that leads him to discover how instrumental his family’s past is to his quest to find his future.”
The production and talkback is slated for Saturday July 23 at 4 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 at browardcenter.org.
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Thinking Cap Theatre, known for its imaginative presentation of thought-provoking work, is holding “Uncensored” readings of plays, usuall yat 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday in the month at it new home at MAD Arts, 481 South Federal Highway in Dania Beach. Tickets are $17.55 (including popcorn and a non-alcoholic drink).
The scheduled works will be:
—- July 11: Gertrude Stein and a Companion by Win Wells, directed by Sabrina Lynn Gore
—-Aug. 8: Pass Over by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu
—-Sept. 12: Garbo’s Cuban Lover by Odalys Nanin
—-October 10: Elvis and All by Tom Schreck
—-November 14: Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse
—-December 12: Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti