The George and Jane Wallace Summer Theatre Internship Award

The 2013 Wallace Award Winner is Catalina Munis C'14, who served as an apprentice in Palomino, Columbia, with ImaginAction, a non-profit theater arts organization. Under the direction of founder Hector Aristizabal, Catalina combined Theater of the Oppressed (community based education utilizing theater for social transformation) training with interventions in the local community.  

Check out this You Tube video of 1998 Wallace Winner and Washington Ensemble Theatre Co-Founder Marya Sea Kaminski.

The History
More than fifty years ago, George and Jane Wallace met at a Pennsylvania Players audition. Their love for theatre transformed into their love for each other and eventual marriage. After his wife's death, George decided to honor her by starting an endowment in her name at the University of Pennsylvania. The resulting creation was the Jane Wallace Memorial Theatre Internship Program.  In 2009 in honor of George's 95th year and to celebrate 20 years of the Wallace Award, the Award name was changed to the George and Jane Wallace Summer Theatre Internship Award.

The Program
The Wallace Award will provide a Penn undergraduate with funds to support a summer theatre internship in a professional environment. The award recipient will receive a $3,000 stipend. Past winners have done internships in for-profit and not-for-profit theatres in New York City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Paris, the Berkshires, and points beyond.  Applicants are responsible for securing their internship.

The Application
The Award recipient will be selected on the basis of a 3-5 page essay that must address the following issues:

  • What is the extent of your theatrical experience at Penn?
  • What kind of theatre internship do you intend to pursue?
  • Where would you like to be located?
  • What kind of theatrical organization would you prefer?
  • How will this experience benefit your professional or academic aspirations?
  • Please include some possible internship locations that you have researched in the essay.

Essays are due February 11th, 2015 at 5pm to Essays will be reviewed by a panel of Penn staff, faculty, students and members of the Wallace family. Interviews may be required. Applicants must be Penn undergraduates. Juniors will be given preference. Seniors are not eligible.

For more information contact the Director of Platt House at 215-898-2312 or