The George and Jane Wallace Summer Performing Arts Internship Award

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. In an effort to best serve the growing community of student performing arts at Penn, the award expanded to include media outside of theatre including comedy, dance, entertainment, music, spoken word, storytelling, entertainment, and more. To reflect this expansion, the Award was renamed "The George and Jane Wallace Summer Performing Arts Internship Award." 

Program 

The Wallace Award provides one Penn undergraduate with funds to support a summer internship in a professional performing arts or related entertainment organization. The award recipient receives a $3,000 stipend, a portion of which is awarded before their internship. The remainder is awarded upon submission of a journal essay describing the learning experience. Past winners have completed internships at non-profits and arts centers and organizations in Philadelphia, New York City, Minneapolis, the Berkshires, Paris, and points beyond. Applicants are responsible for securing their internship.

Application

Applicants must be Penn undergraduates. Juniors will be given preference. Seniors are not eligible to apply. The Award recipient will be selected on the basis of a 3-5 page essay.

In your essay, include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Class Year
  • Your School
  • Your Major
  • Your Hometown
  • Your Activities (on and off campus)

AND address the following issues:

  • What is the extent of your performing arts experience at Penn?
  • What kind of internship are you pursuing and what kind of organizaiton do you want to intern for?
  • Do you have a geographical preference for your internship, and if so, where?
  • How will this experience benefit your professional or academic aspirations?
  • List in preferential order the internship opportunities you would like to explore.

The Wallace Award application process is currently closed. Please check back in Spring 2019 for more application details. 

For more information about The Wallace Award, please contact the Director of Platt House at 215-898-2312 or platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu.