Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that Paloma Gratereaux has been selected as the 2010 – 2011 recipient of the Bertin K. Rowser Scholarship for Excellence. Bertin K. Rowser was active in New York City Theater for more than 20 years and served as the Artistic and Theater Arts Director of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts for ten years beginning in 1986. He passed away on March 5, 1998.
A passionate and tireless advocate for quality performing arts education for young people, Bertin Rowser had a remarkable gift for motivating and inspiring both students and colleagues. By creating vital theater pieces that addressed issues facing the lives of his inner-city students, to preparing his students for a professional career, to building bridges for his Harbor Conservatory students with the Rye Arts Center and the Juilliard School, to creating a lasting love of the art of learning, Bertin’s presence enriched and inspired people’s lives.
The Scholarship was created in 1998 through the generous contribution of parents, students, friends, and associates with the goal of sustaining the signature of Bertin’s life for future generations of young performers. It was established with a lead gift from long time friend and former college classmate, Jane Lindberg. Bertin encouraged students to become “triple threats” performers skilled at acting, dancing and singing. The scholarship acknowledges the financial constraints of studying all three disciplines, and enables recipients to study music, dance and theater at The Conservatory on a full scholarship for one year.
Scholarship recipient Paloma Gratereaux has been training at Harbor Conservatory for six years in the Music, Dance and Theater Programs. Last year, she auditioned for and joined the Theater Arts Program’s pre-professional musical theater company. Paloma’s consistent hard work, limitless desire to learn, and steady growth have made her a top student at the Conservatory. She has exhibited an ever-ready willingness to help her peers in group work, as well as eagerly met all individual challenges during her time here. We look forward to her continued development as she becomes a leading member of the musical theater company, now called MT Kids.
Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs