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Congratulations to MFA candidate in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) Melisa Orozco Vargas, recently selected as an Emerging Leader in TYA Fellow by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. She will complete an individual research project by travelling to leading TYA theatres and institutions across the country; receive mentorship and leadership development from the TYA/USA Staff and Board throughout the year; and participate in regular cohort meetings to discuss issues in the field.
Vargas has also been awarded GSO (Graduate Student Organization) support toward her trip to Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 7, to perform an invited scene.
Thirdly, Vargas has been recently awarded a John Young Scholarship. These awards are made possible by the John Young Foundation to honor the late renowned artist, John Young, and to fulfill his wish to support students of the arts at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.