Editor’s Note: An earlier version of the headline of this story incorrectly stated that both teachers were teaching drama. One teaches drama and the other music.
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts has awarded scholarships to two Loudoun County arts programs for upcoming projects.
Addie Schafer Benko, an acting teacher at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, and Ashley Driscoll, a music teacher at Independence High School in Ashburn, are two of eight scholarship recipients in the Washington, DC area.
Benko is working with her students to create a pop-up museum in Purcellville that blends art with dramaturgical research while also providing a pre-show experience for her outdoor performance of “Oklahoma!” Middle of May.
In conjunction with orchestral programs from all 17 high schools in the county, Driscoll will virtually meet with guest musicians who specialize in violin, viola, and cello to explore topics such as bowing, tone generation, and vibrato.
As part of Wolf Trap’s scholarships for the performing arts teacher program in high schools, Wolf Trap will present these projects on its virtual stage platform.
“The arts teach resilience, foster collaboration, can be a forum for self-expression and help find a path to future careers,” said Cate Bechtold, director of internships and community programs, Education for Wolf Trap, in a prepared statement.
“The goal of the High School Grants program is to recognize teachers who develop creative, innovative programs for their students and to help them make the projects possible,” said Bechtold.
Prize winners will receive a financial grant to support special projects based on Wolf Trap’s performance and educational priorities, including artist residencies, commissions, master classes and technology in the arts. For more information on Wolf Trap’s High School Grants program, visit wolftrap.org/grants.