The Russell Award
All college-bound seniors who have participated in Civic Theatre at any time are eligible to apply
The Russell Award is a $500 cash scholarship, the winner’s name engraved on a plaque on display in Civic’s lobby, and a 2-3 day experience in Theatre Professional Development with Andrew Russell, a civic youth theatre alum and BFA from Carnegie Mellon Drama, to be completed within two years of the award.
“In Memory of J Harrison Russell”
J Harrison Russell (Harry, to his friends and family) was a gifted violinist who could not only play beautiful classical pieces in a quiet quartet, but could also fiddle a bluegrass song in a crowded, noisy bar. He also played the guitar, was a talented vocalist, and wrote beautiful music with his friends and family. He loved to perform with his dad in their band, The Friendly Harrys.
Harry was a generous soul who loved his friends and family. He also loved his country and was stationed at Hurlburt Air Force Base with the First Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron. He was always willing to join in and be a helpful part of any group and that group was lucky to have him.
Harry was a few months away from his 21st birthday when he committed suicide. When Harry left us too soon, the Russell family wanted to honor his memory by highlighting with joy, not sorrow, the accomplishments of those who have contributed so much to their chosen group – Civic Theatre.