News for August 2017

Founder and Executive Director  Reg Huston will receive Philanthropist of the Year through The Arts Council for Monterey County as a 2018 “Champion for the Arts”.  A gala event will be held February 3, 2018.  Please consider making a donation to the S.T.A.R. Foundation honoring Reg and our mission via our website. For more information regarding Champions for the Arts please see
Youth Music Monterey: $5000.00 for ten S.T.A.R. Foundation scholarships
Forest Theater Guild: up to $3000.00 in youth ticket reimbursement for the Carmel Pops event
Spector Dance: $7500.00 for OnSite project
Wharf Theater: $3000.00 to assist in refurbishing the Wharf Theater for children’s theater
Monterey Peninsula Community Theater Company Charitable Trust: $8000.00 in scholarship funding with half being granted now and the other half after January 1, 2018, and $3375.00 for scenic supplies.
Shaquira Robinson: (Trinity Christian High School 2014)
As a rising Senior at Azuza Pacific this past year I was able to be a part of two shows, “Penelopiad “and “Godspell.”  These shows required extensive character development and hours of music rehearsal.  I had never felt so passionate and confident  about my craft in all my years of training.  I think a lot of this had to do with my acting classes this past year.  My department has strategically organized a curriculum that allows the students to build on their techniques in a way that is applicable to every aspect of acting.  So, this year I began training on camera.  This was a difficult but successful transition.  My teacher spent so much time helping my class understand the basics of film acting that I was able to apply to my stage work.  This gave me a refreshing perspective on the craft and character development.  The one thing I really took away from all of this is teamwork.  It is so hard to put your trust into other actors on stage and this is something I struggled with.  However, my film classes forced me to give and through that I was able to give more to my characters and team through my work on stage.  I really valued what living in the moment means this past year
Claire Moorer: (Carmel High School 2015)
At Northeastern University, along with studying theatre, I’m also pursuing my Master’s in Elementary Education in hopes of working with kids and theatre, possibly at an education program with a professional theatre. I recently was Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Northeastern. And this summer I’m staying in Boston and working as the acting teacher for a professional theatre company for their 1-3rd grade program.
Kevin Matsumoto (The Stevenson School 2016)
Attending the The Relativity School (’20) as a Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film Major,  I have been doing great, thank you so much and thank you to S.T.A.R. I have begun producing films and have been involved with the production of about 10 this year as well as acting in around 15 projects. LA is awesome!
Brianna Silkwood (Monterey High School 2016)
Western Washington University/ Monterey Peninsula College.  This year has brought about many changes in my life. Particularly, I was requested to share my love for dance with children of all ages by becoming a teacher! I have been lucky enough to work with students with ages ranging from preschoolers to middle aged adults. I have learned so much about myself, my dancing abilities, and about my students this year; a gift I never thought would be granted to me! Additionally as a teacher, I’ve been given the opportunity to choreograph many of my own works, which will be performed in early June. Being able to empower my students and welcome them into the magical world of dance is truly a dream come true.
Konrad Ehresman (N. Monterey High School 2015)
I am currently about to finish my second year here at AMDA L.A. and I could not be happier with the path I have chosen for myself. I am learning so much here not only about performing but about what it means to be an actor and an artist. I really am so happy to be pursuing the performing arts, it’s surreal. I had another student in a project I was working on that was from Salinas too! I know a few people at my school from Monterey County, and that is so amazing to me! Thank you Star Foundation for helping me get here!
Miranda Perl (Trinity Christian High School 2014)
Just completed her 3rd year as a Vocal Jazz Major at Universary of Northern Colorado.  It’s a tough program but she really loves it.
She finished Theory 4, and has done a rigorous study of both classical vocal music, as well as jazz soloing and ensemble work.  Her ensemble just won 1st place in a national collegiate jazz competition at the “grad level” which is extra exciting because there are only 3 grad students in her ensemble. This is a prestigious award given by DownBeat magazine.
Cameron Poletti (Carmel High School 2015)
After spending two years at St. Mary’s I am happy to tell you that I will be attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena next fall to study film!
I’m very proud to be a part of this program as they only accept 20 students per term.
Ian Clark (Salinas High School 2015)
Ian just completed his sophomore year at Northwestern University.
He decided to run and was elected as the President of the Student Run-Undergraduate Opera Company. This past December he played Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute.
Muriel Dell (Trinity Christian High School 2016)
Muriel just finished her first year at Azuza Pacific and writes, “I  have grown my love for music and I look forward to the coming year to perform and sing!”
Lana Richards (Carmel High School 2013)
Lana attends Connecticut College as a theater major and also is a scholar at the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment and with the Mellon Undergraduate Research Center. She assisted on Peter and the Starcatcher with Forest Theater Guild this summer.
Evyn Essert (Notre Dame High School 2014)
Evyn is in her 3rd year of attending college while continuing in performing arts for a degree in Theatre at Paradise Valley Community College.
Kent Burns (Carmel High School 2016)
At UC Irvine, I had an amazing freshmen year that was beyond my wildest dreams. I got to be a part of the UCI Harmonix Show Choir, I was in Musical Theatre Workshop II for all three quarters, I was in a Musical Revue, and I was even in the Freshmen Showcase. I am extremely excited to begin my second year at UC Irvine, and this scholarship allows me to pursue my goals and aspirations. As I stated last year, my current major is listed as Drama because UCI only lets you select Musical Theatre in your junior year, which is still my intent to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre. I will also be adding musical theatre courses to next year’s schedule, once auditions are completed at the end of September 2017.