The George and Jane Wallace Summer Performing Arts Internship Award


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 mediums outside of theater including comedy, dance, entertainment, music, spoken word / storytelling, and more.  To reflect this expansion, the award was renamed "The George and Jane Wallace Summer Performing Arts Internship Award." 


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. Half is given in advance of the summer internship and the second half is given the following fall semester after the recipient submits a journal essay describing the learning experience.  Past winners have done internships at non-profit and commercial theatres in New York City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Paris, the Berkshires, and points beyond.  Applicants are responsible for securing their internship.


Applicants must be Penn undergraduates. Juniors will be given preference. Seniors are not eligible.  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?
  • What kind of performing arts organization 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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Essays are due Wednesday, March 21st at 11:59pm to Essays are reviewed by a panel of Penn staff, faculty, students and members of the Wallace family. Interviews may be required.

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