Backstage Pass for a GHS Drama Student
In honor of Grossmont’s historic Theatre Arts Program, a group of former Grossmont thespians are partnering with the Tony Award–winning Old Globe Theatre, to sponsor a Grossmont theatre arts student for an in-depth look behind the scenes of professional theatre.
The program is in honor of former Grossmont teacher Audrey Seidel Becker. In 2017, the Grossmont District School Board officially dedicated the new "Little Theater" to Ms. Seidel Becker, who taught English and Drama at Grossmont High from 1965 to 1980.
The theatre student chosen will observe professional artists, directors, designers, stage managers and technical staff as they move step by step taking a production from page to stage.
2022 Recipient: Tessa Snyder
According to Amity Ecker, “This year’s recipient junior Tessa Snyder has worked in tech theatre at GHS for three years, including Stage Managing, Master Carpenter, Lighting Design, and helping to facilitate and lead the Technical Theatre Program at GHS. Tessa was excited to learn more last summer at the Old Globe, particularly in the fields of Lighting and Set Design.”
2021 Recipient: Cassondra Bostian
“Cassondra worked with GHS Theatre since she was a freshman, starting out in running crew and working her way up to Stage Manager. She assisted in set design for our productions and was one of the inaugural members of our first Tech Theatre class.”
We need your support to be able to provide funds for the person chosen this year—as well as in the coming years. The student— will begin their one-of-a-kind experience spending long hours at the Old Globe learning the craft.
The organizers are working with a non-profit 501c at Grossmont High School to accept and disburse the funds to the student in order to defer expenses for travel and potential lost hours at their regular summer jobs.
The theatre industry has been devastated by the pandemic and the challenges of trying to make professional connections for high school students— even as the masks come off— are challenging. We have a goal of $5,000 and we will be starting off with $500 from former Grossmont theatre students.
Thank you for being part of the arts community and for standing up when we reach out. Please consider making a donation of any amount toward this worthy program.