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CATF names Marinoff interns

By Staff | Oct 14, 2011

Ed Herendeen, CATF Producing Director; Laura Baker, 2011 Marinoff Award recipient and Shepherd University student; Dr. Stanley Marinoff, CATF Trustee; Bryan Staggers, 2011 Marinoff Award recipient and Shepherd University student; and Jenny Ewing Allen, CATF Board President at the CATF board meeting in September. (Photo courtesy of Seth Freeman)

The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University has announced the recipients of the 2011 Shirley A. Marinoff Award, which is given each year in honor of interns who excelled in their roles working alongside the professional CATF company.

Shepherd students Laura Baker and Bryan Staggers were recognized at the Sept. 21 meeting of the CATF Board of Trustees.

Housed at the Shepherd University Foundation, the endowment fund was established in memory of Shirley A. Marinoff by her husband, Stanley C. Marinoff (who serves on the CATF Board), and their daughter, Allison Marinoff Carle (a CATF Honorary Trustee).

The Shirley A. Marinoff Education Fund plays a critical role in ensuring a future generation of theater artists and administrators and is a key component of the ongoing partnership between Shepherd University and CATF. Mrs. Marinoff, who carried throughout her life a strong passion for both the arts and education, began attending the Contemporary American Theater Festival in its second season and served on its board for many years.

Laura Baker, a junior from Frederick, Md., is a business major with a theater minor. She spent her CATF summer as an administration intern and assistant house manager in the Studio Theater. Bryan Staggers, a sophomore from Keyser, W.Va., is double major in political science and English with a theater minor. Staggers was a company management intern at CATF and acting understudy.

The Contemporary American Theater Festival was founded by Ed Herendeen in 1990 and held its first season of professional theater the following year on the campus of Shepherd University. The 2012 season will take place July 6 through 29 and will again feature five plays in rotating repertory on the campus of Shepherd.

To learn more about internship opportunities, email info@catf.org.