Westridge School’s Grace O. ’16 Receives National Theater Honor

Westridge’s Grace O. ’16 has been selected as a national Arts Awardee in Theatre by Young Arts. Grace was selected from a pool of more than 12,000 students for her outstanding work and accomplishments.

YoungArts was established in 1981 to identify and support the next generation of artists by assisting them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. 2016 marks a record-breaking number of applicants for their National YoungArts Foundation awards.

Grace, along with 819 young artists across the literary, visual, design, and performing arts receive cash awards of up to $10,000 and opportunities to participate in Young Arts programs. Winners work with renowned mentors, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Robert Redford, Rebecca Walker and Bruce Weber.

Director of Theatre, Laurie Riffe, remarks that “Grace is one of the most highly gifted actors I have been fortunate enough to work with in twenty-two years of directing theatre. She has performed in ten productions at Westridge and has contributed enormously to the Theatre Department. I am so pleased to see her work recognized with this national honor!”

A complete list of the 2016 Winners is available online at http://youngarts.org/winners.

Please join Westridge in congratulating Grace and celebrating her extraordinary achievement!

Westridge School, 324 Madeline Drive, Pasadena, (626) 799-1053 ext. 200 or visit www.westridge.org.



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