The Lou Criscuolo Memorial Scholarship

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Opera House Theatre Company is proud to present, The Lou Criscuolo Memorial Scholarship.  


Through this scholarship, we hope to continue his legacy to "Make Dreams Come True" with an annual academic scholarship in his name, awarded to a college bound student who has gained experience with Opera House Theatre Company in any way. ie.: Performer, Director, Choreographer, Designer, Costumer, Lights, Sound, Stage Manager, Volunteer, etc.

Pursuing a Theatre Arts education is not a requirement.

Other fields of study at an institution of higher learning will be accepted. 

“This is something we have wanted to do for quite some time.

Along with our Board of Directors, the OHTC Team believes it’s important to celebrate and support the future of our community’s talented youth."  -  Justin Smith, Executive Artistic Director of Opera House Theatre Company.


Over the past three and a half decades, thousands of local actors, choreographers, directors, musicians and technicians have developed their craft working among professionals with Opera House Theatre Company. Several have since followed their passions touring the U.S. and the world, with symphonies, dance companies, cruise ships, working on stage and behind the scenes.  Alumni have joined the casts or creative teams of fourteen Broadway shows and sixteen National tours.  

A lot of people in our community and around the country say that Lou changed their lives.  If you would like to contribute and help Opera House continue to "Make Dreams Come True" through a scholarship in Lou's name, donations of any amount are tax deductible, welcomed and appreciated.  



Applicants must be a current high school senior intending to enroll in college/university/tech school in the fall of 2022 or spring 2023. The student must also have experience with Opera House Theatre Company

(ie.: Apprentice Program, Performers, Directors, Choreographers, Designers, Costumes, Lights, Sound, Stage Managers etc.) 


Pursuing a Theatre Arts education is not a requirement.  

Other fields of study at an institution of higher learning are accepted as well. 


Application Submission Requirements:

Names of 1 or 2 OHTC Directors for personal recommendations

Resume outlining related experience

 2 teacher recommendations from High School attending: Can be a mentor/director/teacher/guidance counselor

High School transcript

An essay (400 to 600 words) written by the applicant outlining how involvement in the arts and experience with OHTC, will assist them in the future with academic and career goals.


The scholarship application period is now closed.  It will re-opening in September 2022. 

Scholarship Application

Once you submit this form you will be directed to additional requirements that must be submitted in PDF format.