Emerging Artists Fund

The Free Planet Radio performance on Friday, May 5 featured three of the four winners of Diana Wortham Theatre's 2017 Emerging Artists Fund Scholarship: Gennie Basset (Owen High School) for dance; Devin Jones (SILSA) for spoken word poetry; Felisha McCurry (Erwin High School - not pictured) for vocal performance; and Cameron Robinson (SILSA) for musical theatre. Images: Hannah Furgiuele.

The Diana Wortham Theatre

Y.E.S. Emerging Artists Fund Scholarship

The submission deadline for the 2017 scholarship has passed and the winners have been announced.

Diana Wortham Theatre is proud to support young performers by providing scholarships for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in the performing arts. A limited number of scholarships beginning at $1,000 each will be awarded to finalists. Submission deadline for 2017 scholarships was 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017, and the 2017 scholarship winners have been announced.

About the Y.E.S. Fund

The Emerging Artists Fund is an outgrowth of the Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund, which was created to make it possible for underserved students to attend Diana Wortham Theatre school programming. Scholarships, made possible by private donors, cover the cost of admission and are available to students on a free or reduced lunch program. The Y.E.S. program expanded in 2015 to cover artist workshops in local schools and the Emerging Artists Fund.

Who can apply for the Emerging Artists Fund?

Any student graduating from high school in 2017 may apply. Applicants must currently be permanent residents of Buncombe County, must intend to pursue a career in the performing arts, and must receive a recommendation from a teacher, instructor, or mentor. If you have a question regarding eligibility, you may call 828-210-9837.

How do I apply?

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must complete an application, create an audition video, and obtain a recommendation from a teacher or mentor. Applications for 2017 are no longer being accepted. Submission of an application does not guarantee an award.


Visit our FAQ page for additional information.

For further information contact:

Rae Geoffrey
Diana Wortham Theatre
2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
828-210-9837 or rae@dwtheatre.com

2017 Emerging Artists Fund scholarship winners

(l to r) Gennie Basset (Owen High School), Devin Jones (SILSA), and Cameron Robinson (SILSA), Class of 2017 seniors, backstage at a special concert in May 2017 announcing the Diana Wortham Theatre 2017 Emerging Artists Fund scholarship winners. Each were awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice — Basset for dance, Jones for spoken word poetry, and Robinson for musical theatre. Not pictured: Felisha McCurry (Erwin High School), a fourth scholarship winner for her vocal performance. Photo by Hannah Furguiele.

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