The Plaza Theatre proudly announces Rodrigo Gutierrez and Lillian Montalvo as the recipients of the 2024 Plaza Theatre Scholarship in memory of Mrs. Jeanene D. Merka. These scholarships, each valued at $500, aim to support and encourage higher education in theatre and performing arts, reflecting the Plaza Theatre’s commitment to nurturing local talent.

Rodrigo Gutierrez, a standout graduate of Bridgeland High School, has demonstrated exceptional leadership and performance skills during his time in the school’s theatre program. Described as a natural motivator and dedicated performer by his mentors, Rodrigo’s passion for theatre is evident in his roles both on and off the stage. His commitment to the arts extends to his academic pursuits at Wharton County Junior College, where he plans to obtain his Associate of Fine Arts before transferring to a university for a Bachelor’s degree. Rodrigo’s journey is fueled by a desire to teach theatre and make a positive impact on the community through his artistic endeavors.

Lillian Montalvo, hailing from Cypress, TX, has left an indelible mark on the Bridgeland High School theatre community through her outstanding talent and unwavering dedication. As a student leader and performer, Lillian has consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic and exceptional character. Her commitment to theatre extends beyond performances, as she actively contributes to community service initiatives and special performances. Lillian’s theatrical journey will continue at Texas State University, where she plans to pursue her passion for musical theatre.

Russell Kacer, Vice President of Communications at the Plaza Theatre, expressed his enthusiasm for the scholarship recipients: “Rodrigo and Lillian embody the spirit of dedication and artistic excellence that we aim to foster at the Plaza Theatre. We are honored to support their educational aspirations and look forward to witnessing their continued success in the performing arts.”

The Plaza Theatre Scholarship is part of the theatre’s broader commitment to community engagement and the development of local talent. For more information on the Plaza Theatre Scholarship or to contribute to future scholarship funds, please contact The Plaza Theatre at 979-282-2226.

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About The Plaza Theatre, Inc.

The Plaza Theatre maintains a regional, iconic performance space as a home for live plays, concerts, special events as well as a gathering place to build stronger communities connected by the inspiration found in the performing arts. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, they are committed to ensuring easy, affordable access to cultural and artistic events. The Plaza Theatre bridges Wharton and its surrounding communities by celebrating the region’s rich, diverse history and welcoming everyone across the region to their unique family of individuals who find inspiration in artistic endeavors.