Alexandra Olinyk Named Recipient of First Annual Isen Prize at Goodspeed
Goodspeed Musicals is delighted to announce that Alexandra Olinyk has been selected as the first recipient of The Andrew A. Isen Prize at Goodspeed Musicals. This award is funded through a generous gift given by DC-based entrepreneur and musical theatre devotee Andrew A. Isen and was created to give young people who are in the early stages of professional development financial assistance and encouragement to focus on artistic excellence in musical theatre.
Upon learning of the decision, Ms. Olinyk, recently a journeyman carpenter at Goodspeed said, "I am excited and honored to be chosen by the Goodspeed committee for the first annual Andrew A. Isen Prize. Thanks to Mr. Isen's generosity I will be able to accomplish my goal of becoming a technical director by pursing an MFA in technical direction. This award will truly impact my future."
Mr. Isen served on the selection committee and is thrilled with the result. "This was our dream - to honor young theatre artists in the beginning stages of their career, especially those who are rarely recognized for their vital contributions," Isen said. "Alexandra has demonstrated her passion for and dedication to pursuing a career in musical theatre. She is an outstanding young woman and I am delighted to support her in her goal of becoming a technical director."
Goodspeed's Executive Director, Michael Gennaro, is also enthusiastic about Ms. Olinyk's selection. "It was a difficult selection process as we had so many truly outstanding applicants. In the end, Alexandra's application stood out. We couldn't be more proud of her work at Goodspeed and see a bright future ahead for her." He added, "We are grateful to Andrew Isen for sponsoring this award which directly supports our mission to develop and train young professionals to become future leaders in musical theatre."
The Andrew A. Isen Prize at Goodspeed Musicals is the first-of-its-kind prize dedicated to supporting emerging musical theatre professionals across all disciplines. Given annually, this prize recognizes a young person between the ages of 20 and 29 who has demonstrated excellence in their work during the previous Goodspeed Musicals season. Chosen by a committee of theatrical professionals, the honoree will be awarded $5,000 to aid in their pursuit of a career in musical theatre. The establishment of this award with Goodspeed Musicals will also serve to enhance Goodspeed's efforts to recruit exceptional apprentices, technicians, designers and other theater professionals.