Pentacle Theatre’s scholarship program

The Pentacle Theatre’s Education Committee manages the Bill and Phyllis Cross Pentacle Theatre Scholarships program to support students pursuing higher education and the arts. Three scholarships are available:

  • The Jo Dodge Performing Arts Theatre Scholarship
  • The Tony Zandol Technical Arts Theatre Scholarship
  • The Tom Ulmer Theatre Service Scholarship

To qualify, high school seniors must be graduating and plan to attend college, whether a community college or a four-year institution.  Applicants will be asked to demonstrate their experience with theater education as well as other theater involvement, including service at Pentacle Theatre. Additionally, applicants will need to report on their academic and professional goals and any special considerations of financial need. Lastly, applicants will be asked to submit a personal statement describing the impact of theater in their lives and their own contributions to the arts. Applications open in the spring of each year.

The Bill and Phyllis Cross Scholarship Fund

The fund, established in memory of Bill and Phyllis Cross, honors these two individuals who were awarded Pentacle Theatre’s highest honor of lifetime membership. While at Pentacle Theatre and during Phyllis’ career as a high school drama teacher, the Crosses served as mentors and role models, inspiring those around them in performing and technical theater arts.

Jo Dodge, also a Pentacle Theatre lifetime member, has acted and directed in numerous Pentacle Theatre productions, taught acting workshops at the theater through Chemeketa Community College since 1981, and shared her love of theater with hundreds of Pentacle Theatre volunteers for more than 30 years.

The technical arts scholarship is awarded in honor of Tony Zandol, lifetime member and Pentacle Theatre’s former resident designer and professional production director.

The late Tom Ulmer was a tireless creator and educator of theatrical arts at Pentacle Theatre, Children’s Educational Theatre and in the Salem-Keizer School District. Tom was a lifetime member whose memory Pentacle Theatre honors by awarding scholarship funds to a student who overcomes obstacles to give extraordinary time and effort to be involved in theater.

Max Morter

2018 Tom Ulmer Theatre Service scholarship recipient

Scholarship recipients 2007 to present

2007
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceErin Pike (Dallas HS)
Jo Dodge ActingHannah Allen (WOU)
2008
Jo Dodge ActingErin Howe (North Salem HS)
Jo Dodge Acting Erin Pike (SOU)
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceJordan Hermens (Central HS)
Tony Zandol Tech TheatrePaige Hoffert (Sprague HS)
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceStacey Walen (North Salem HS)
2009
Jo Dodge ActingCiara Stephenson (McNary HS)
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceChris VanCleave (McMinnville HS)
Tom Ulmer Theatre Service Jennifer Lippert (Central HS)
Tom Ulmer Theatre Service Megan Anderson (Dallas HS)
Jo Dodge ActingSlade Thackery (Dallas HS)
2010
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceNicholas Brownson (South Salem HS)
Jo Dodge Acting Chris Helwig (South Salem HS)
Tony Zandol Tech TheatreJoe Inglish (Blanchet HS)
2011
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceNicholas Brownson (Emerson College)
Tony Zandol Tech TheatreElisabeth Maiano (North Salem HS)
Jo Dodge ActingBrianne Reyna (Sprague HS)
Jo Dodge Acting Grace Orr (North Salem HS)
2012 - No awards
2013 - No awards
2014
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceHannah Fawcett (Dallas HS)
Jo Dodge ActingJoseph Allen (West Salem HS)
Jo Dodge ActingIsaiah Nixon (South Salem HS)
2015
Jo Dodge ActingJulia Fegles (McNary HS)
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceDanielle Potter (WOU)
Tony Zandol Tech TheatreEmily Bernau (PSU)
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceKat Graney (South Salem HS)
2016
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceHannah Boyack (Central HS)
Tony Zandol Tech TheatreIndigo Clingerman (South Salem HS)
Jo Dodge ActingOlivia Nelson (Sprague HS)
2017
Tom Ulmer Theatre ServiceMax Morter (South Salem HS)