The Catholic University of America

May 8, 2008

Dean's Scholarship Pays Senior-Year Tuition for Drama Major

Dean L.R. Poos, rising senior Megan Kosmoski and drama department chair Gail Beach.
Megan Kosmoski, a junior drama major from Tampa, Fla., will have one less worry as she enters her senior year of studies at Catholic University - tuition.

Kosmoski is the first recipient of the Dean's Scholarship for the Department of Drama, initiated by L.R. Poos, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship will fully cover Kosmoski's tuition for her senior year. It is awarded to Catholic University undergraduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement during their college years.

A top student academically, she has also been active in the Department of Drama by performing in the Hartke Theatre productions of The Beggar's Opera, Romeo & Juliet, and several independent projects, as well as in readings of three new scripts in development by playwrights in the Master of Fine Arts program at CUA.

Kosmoski has worked as the assistant director for productions of Frogz, At The Hawk's Well and The Madwoman of Chaillot. She compiled pieces from other short works and scenes she wrote herself into No One Here Speaks French, which she also directed. Additionally, she directed Ionesco's The Lesson and Wilder's Centaurs. She has been a member of the costume shop staff at CUA for three years and the box office staff for two.

Professionally Kosmoski has worked for the Washington Shakespeare Theatre as house manager and crew member, The Summer Opera Theatre Company as props crew member for Little Women and Tosca, and with Active Cultures Theatre as costume designer for Photograph 51.

Kosmoski in CUA's costume shop.
"We selected Megan because of her excellent academic performance, her desire to try every aspect of what the department has to offer, and her willingness to give of herself for the department," says Gail Beach, chair of the drama department. "She is the epitome of what we hope for in a drama major."

"This means everything to me," Kosmoski says. "I have given so much to the university, every semester completely devoting myself to the department, and it is wonderful to be recognized for it and rewarded for all of my time and hard work."

The principal of these endowments is being contributed by alumni and friends of the university. In addition, the drama endowment has received money from the net proceeds of a series of performances at CUA by drama department alumni.

"This scholarship really rewards high performance once a student gets here to college," Poos says. "It rests on my memories of nearly 20 years of teaching that some students come to CUA and really take off academically once they're here; I want to reward that, and send them (and their parents) away happy that their performance has been rewarded this way."

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