With the success of the Richard Morris Memorial Concert and Scholarship over the past 15 years, the newly-named RM Showcase and Morris Family are thrilled to be able to expand the scholarship offering from 2019 onwards by launching the Alex Rathgeber Performing Artist Scholarship.
Horsham-born and raised, Alex began performing in local productions and he has since gone on to enjoy an award-winning international career including The Wizard of Oz (Australian Tour); (The Production Company); Ghost (Australian Tour); and
The Alex Rathgeber Performing Artist Scholarship sits proudly alongside and compliments the Richard Morris Memorial Scholarship. Alex and the RM Showcase team have created this new scholarship as a way of further encouraging and fostering the talent development of promising local talent.
It is awarded to a performer who demonstrates unique promise and provides the recipient with a scholarship of $1,000 to support and encourage their development as a performing artist.
With this scholarship, Alex wishes to acknowledge the dedicated members of the Horsham and Wimmera performing arts community who, in the way Richard Morris did so generously, continue to provide young people with exciting introductions to theatre, music and the arts.
“Horsham will always be home to me,” said Alex. “And I’m so thankful for the guidance and encouragement I received from so many incredible people when I was young. It’s such a special community, and there’s no way I’d have done any of what I’ve been lucky enough to do without all those early opportunities. I hope this scholarship helps more Wimmera performers to develop and share their skills and passion.”
Applications for the Alex Rathgeber Performing Artist Scholarship will be considered by individuals in the areas of Singing, Acting and Musical Instrument only. There are two parts to the application process – which close on Friday 11 October 2019 – 5.00pm. All applications will be reviewed by Alex Rathgeber together with the RM Showcase committee.
Image: Alex Rathgeber – photo by Daniel Asher Smith