Posted December 6, 2012 in Press Releases
Cleveland Play House is proud to announce Stephen Spencer and Therese Anderberg as the 2012 recipients of the Chloe and Frederick Alan Oldenburg MFA Scholarship Award, established by Dr. and Mrs. Oldenburg in the spring of 2004. This award is designed to recognize annually the most outstanding graduate student(s) working in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. The recipient of the award is jointly chosen by the Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House and the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Case Western Reserve University.
Both recipients can be seen on stage in the CPH production of A Carol for Cleveland, running through December 23, 2012. Stephen recently appeared in CWRU/CPH MFA productions of The Misanthrope as Alceste and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings as Skank. He was also seen in the recent CPH New Ground Theatre Festival production of Every Good Boy Deserves Favor and in the reading of The Fagin Effect. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011 and is currently in his second of three years in the MFA program. Therese is in her second year of the three year MFA program, for which she appeared in The Misanthrope as Celimene and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings as Demaris. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University in 2011.
When asked about the personal significance of creating this scholarship, Oldenburg says “As a former scholarship student at Case Western Reserve University in the MFA Program, such a gift would have been most meaningful to me. It is my hope that such an award would inspire even greater interest in the present fine program and would be a goal to which future students could aspire.”
Chloe Oldenburg has been involved with Cleveland Play House since 1941 when she appeared in Lesley Storm’s Heart of a City. Over the decades, she has served on more than a dozen committees, held the offices of Secretary and President of the Board of Trustees, and later, President of the Advisory Committee. She wrote and published Leaps of Faith: History of the Cleveland Play House 1915-1985, and was made an Honorary Director for Life in 1989.