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Alumnus receives scholarship for theater design studies at Royal Welsh College

Nathan Gibson,  Alfred University (AU) Class of 2013, has been awarded a prestigious Ed Thomas UK (United Kingdom) Drama Scholarship for his graduate work at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff, Wales.

The £7,000 scholarship will cover more than half of his tuition at the RWCMD, where he is enrolled in the master of arts degree program in theatre design. It is awarded each year by Ed Thomas, a Fellow of the college, to the master’s and bachelor’s degree students with the highest grade point average from the previous term.

A native of Crystal Lake, IL, Gibson was an interdisciplinary art major at AU with a minor in performance design and technology, a recently established program in the Division of Performing Arts.

The RWCMD is one of the highest-ranked drama conservatories in the United Kingdom, educating some of the most talented music and drama students from around the world. The Theatre Design master’s degree program is intensely competitive and demanding, with only 11 students enrolled this year, and encompasses elements of stage design for all forms of theatrical performance.

Gibson specializes in scenography, which includes aspects of both set and costume design. In the fall, he participated in a group project constructing large-scale paper sculptures as well as completing two major design projects, designing costumes for the main characters of Shakespeare’s “Othello” and creating a design concept for the set and costumes of Philip Ridley’s “The Fastest Clock in the Universe.” This term, he is designing the set and costumes for the opera “Punch and Judy” by Harrison Birtwistle, including making concept renderings and constructing a 1:25 scale model of the set.