Scholarship Recipients


Emily-Ann Stephens

Sean Hale



Samantha Rose

Alex Dolinger



Josephine Coyle

Josephine Coyle is incredibly thankful for the opportunities the McMillan scholarship has afforded her during her time at Pitt. In her schooling, she has learned an incredible amount about creating, lighting, directing, and collaboration. She has worked as the assistant lighting designer on department shows such as Marie Antoinette and Into the Woods. She hopes to return to Pitt in the fall to resume her position as lighting designer on Head Over Heels. In addition to mainstage productions, she has designed student lab Woyzeck and Musical Theatre Club shows Legally Blonde:The Musical and Pippin. Her directing experience includes assistant directing for department shows Our Town, She Kills Monsters, and next to normal. In addition to that, she assistant directed student lab The Last Five Years and directed her own lab, Ordinary Days in the fall of 2019. She is so proud to have grown so much while at Pitt. Theatre is a passion of hers and her education has taught her all the ways she can explore it throughout her life.

Stefanie McGowan

Stefanie McGowan is extremely grateful to be one of the 2019-2020 recipients and for the opportunities that the McMillan scholarship has brought her. She has worked on the costumes for many shows throughout her time at Pitt. She has worked as the assistant costume designer for department shows including The Wolves, next to normal, Flyin’ West, and Our Town. She has also worked as the costume designer on the department show Recoil and student labs including Woyzeck, The Most Massive Woman Wins, and Water Eyes. She had the opportunity to work as the fight director for Flyin’ West in the Spring of 2019. Additionally, she has worked with the Musical Theatre Club as assistant costume designer for Pippin and costume designer for Merrily We Roll Along. Because of all of the opportunities she had through the University she has also had opportunities to work professionally with Resonance Works and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. She hopes to continue her work in costuming in the future. Stefanie would like to thank the McMillan family and the theatre department for all of the opportunities and support they have given her through the years.


Kyle Huber

Kyle Huber is incredibly honored to have received the Richard McMillian award. He is a fourth year student studying theatre arts and communications and currently works as the costuem shop assistant for the department. Though his work is primarily costumes and wardrobe, he also has done hair and makeup for several of the UP Stages mainstage and student lab productions as well as the Musical Theatre Club. Kyles credits include costume designer on Our Town, assistant costume designer on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Recoil, and hair and makeup designer on Nine and Marie Antoinette. Kyle is thrilled to be the costume designer for Into the Woods next spring. Kyle's work outside of Pitt include costume coordinator for Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Resonance Works. In the future he hopes to attend graduate school for costume design. Kyle would like to thank the McMillian family and the department of theatre arts for their recognition and continuous support.

Luke Pomrenke

Luke Pomrenke is grateful to be one of the 2018-2019 McMillan Scholarship recipients. He is a senior theatre arts and English fiction writing double major. Beginning his theatre work as a performer in "Charm", Luke has since expanded his interest into directing, lighting, and performance research. With support from the theatre arts department, he has received the Office of Undergraduate New York City Field Study award to research director Robert Wilson’s works, as well as an Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium Fellowship to conduct study of site-specific theatre and cultural memory in Wales during the summer of 2018. Luke's UP Stages credits include assistant director for "[title of show]" and Recoil, assistant lighting designer for Little Shop of Horrors, actor in "Charm", and  director of Antigone in the spring of 2019. He will graduate in April 2019, and hopes to continue researching and creating experimental theatre works. Luke is extremely thankful to the theatre arts department for their unending support and to the McMillan family for this honor.


Gabrielle Kogut

Gabrielle Kogut is unbelievably honored to be one of the 2017-2018 McMillian Scholarship Award recipients. She is a senior Theatre Arts and Communication Science & Disorders dual major with a minor in French. She has grown immensely as a theatre artist over the years, thanks to the University Of Pittsburgh Department Of Theatre Arts. Throughout her time at Pitt, Gabrielle performed in two labs, The Bay at Nice and Water Eyes, as well as the mainstage Baltimore. Her final performance at the university will be in the fall semester’s mainstage production of Our Town. Gabrielle has also worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Introduction to Dramatic Art, greatly sparking her interest in and passion for theatre education. Outside of the department, Gabrielle has performed with Hambone’s Theater Company and has interned for Cup-A-Jo Productions. This fall, she will begin her new position as City Theatre’s season education intern, working heavily in the Young Playwrights Festival.  Gabrielle will graduate in December 2017 in the hopes of furthering her craft as an actor and pursuing a career in drama therapy and/or theatre education. Gabrielle would like to thank the department faculty for their wonderful guidance and endless encouragement, as well as the McMillian family for this incredible honor.

Rachel Lipton

Rachel Lipton is a senior Theatre Arts major and is humbled to be a recipient of the 2017-2018 McMillan Theatre Arts Scholarship. Working primarily in stage management, Rachel has been involved in club, lab, and mainstage productions with Pitt’s Theatre Arts department since her freshman year. After serving as an ASM for the student lab production of Urinetown, Rachel proceeded to ASM the department’s productions of Good Kids (performed at Pitt and SUNY New Paltz) and Rhinoceros. She will also ASM Pitt’s upcoming production of Parade. Last fall, Rachel made her debut as a Stage Manager with The Most Massive Woman Wins, and will be stage managing Marie Antoinette in the spring. She has also contributed to many Musical Theatre Club productions and currently acts as the Vice Chair for the Performance Collaborative. Rachel is very appreciative of the tutelage she has received both in and outside of the classroom, and her experiences with Pitt’s Theatre Arts department have been crucial in shaping her as a developing theatre professional. Rachel has interned at many professional theatre organizations, most notably Theatre Exile in Philadelphia, Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh, and Laura Stanczyk Casting in New York City. Continuing her work in New York, Rachel spent this past summer as a Company Management intern for the Lincoln Center Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, an invaluable and extraordinary experience. Rachel is also completing a minor in Sociology and a certificate in Nonprofit Management, hoping to pursue a career in arts administration in the realm of nonprofit theatre. Rachel is extremely honored and grateful to the McMillan family and the Theatre Arts department for this recognition and constant support. 


Lauryn Morgan Thomas

Lauryn Morgan Thomas is a senior Theatre Arts and Fiction Writing major with a certificate in Children’s Literature. A student from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Lauryn has been heavily involved with the Theatre Arts Department since her freshman year. Lauryn has performed in one lab and three mainstage productions, one of which provided the opportunity to audition for the off-Broadway production of Avenue Q. She also served as lighting designer for Water by the Spoonful, and focuses heavily on electrics as well as musical theatre performance. She has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for numerous courses, one of which (Music for Theatre) earned her the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship. She was also awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Award this past summer in order to pursue research regarding the role of children in the York Mystery Plays in York, England. Lauryn is also dedicated to student organizations, having been a member of the Musical Theatre Club (serving as Historian and Vice President), the Performance Collaborative (serving as Secretary and Vice Chair), United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and Redeye Theatre Project for the past three years. She has attended two Southeastern Theatre Conferences, and represented the Pitt Theatre Arts Department at the Pennsylvania Thespian Conference in York, Pennsylvania. Lauryn will pursue a Bachelor of Philosophy in Theatre starting this fall through the writing and performance of a one-woman show, “Losing My Mind,” and will serve as lighting designer for the mainstage Intimate Apparel and dramaturg for the mainstage Hair. Lauryn will graduate in April 2017 with the intention of performing professionally in musical theatre and working as a teaching artist. Lauryn is very grateful to the McMillan family and Theatre Arts Department for this honor and opportunity.

Louis Markowitz

Louis is sincerely honored to be one of the recipients of the 2016-17 McMillian Theatre Arts Scholarship. The Theatre Arts department has been a home to Louis for his entire Pitt experience, and he wouldn’t have had it any other way. Louis is a rising senior and primarily a stage manager for the department, having served as the SM on Good Kids (which performed both here at Pitt and at SUNY New Paltz) Urinetown, Stop Kiss, and My Doomsday Off. As a production manager, Louis worked with the mathematics department to produce the Mathematics of Being Human. As chair for the Performance Collaborative (PC), Louis started the Playwriting Festival, and helps to create other performance opportunities for students. He is also a board member for USITT and RTP. Louis has sound designed as part of the illustrious team MarkoWest with fellow senior Kristen West; their designs were heard in Thugs, Bay at Nice, and the Drowsy Chaperone. This upcoming year, he is directing a student-written play as a lab, Water Eyes by Leenie Baker of last year’s playwriting festival, co-sound designing with MarkoWest on Baltimore and working as the SM on 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.