NYU Forum on Citizenship and Applied Theatre - Scholarship Recipients

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NYU Forum on Citizenship and Applied Theatre - Scholarship Recipients

The Myoung-Cheul Chung Scholarship
The Myoung-Cheul Chung Scholarship in Educational Theatre at New York University supports students in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions within NYU Steinhardt. Created by one of the Program's alumni, Mr. Myoung-Cheul Chung, MA '95, the scholarship supports both undergraduate and graduate students in Educational Theatre and has benefitted ten students since it's inception in 1999. Mr. Chung was a student of Nancy and Lowell Swortzell, the founders of the Educational Theatre program at NYU.

This year's Good Citizen Awards are the Chung Scholars…

Lorena Elizondo

Born in Mexico City, Lorena Elizondo came to New York City to launch her career as an artist, devoting her life to education through theater.  She is currently a student at New York University where she dreams of doing social work with different demographics.  As she acquires more knowledge about the various theater forms and ways these can be used to empower and educate, she has become more and more eager to go out into the world and employ them.

Aside from dreaming about her exciting future, she currently spends her time working on projects where she can channel this passionate itch to change the world.  She is involved in creating a piece called Public Voice, Public Space, which is a research project focused on empowering women by analyzing the use of their voice in public space through theater. She hopes to join forces with communities around the world to take action towards bringing art and its educational power to people who normally lack the opportunity to explore them.

Robert Keith

Robert Keith is a sophomore in the undergraduate program in Educational Theatre at NYU. He is a multidisciplinary artist raised in Akron, Ohio. Some highlights of his performances in the Midwest include, the title role in Macbeth, (Miller South School for the Arts), Henry in The Red Badge of Courage, Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank, (Magical Theatre Company), and various roles in Eugene Ionesco's The Man with Bags (University of Akron).  Since his acceptance to New York University, Robert has participated in the Educational Theatre productions of The Class Project and Woyzeck. Outside of the university Robert was recently seen in Ontological Hysteric's Incubator Series in What is Wild?. 


Congratulations to our 2010 Citizen Award for Community-Engagement winners: Richard Chavolla, Paul King, and Jean King, in recognition of exemplary citizenship and artistry throughout the New York region.

Richard Chavolla


Richard Chavolla, educator and social activist, has spent the last 32 years working in various educational and community arenas to create social change and a more just and equitable society.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Boston University under the mentorship of Howard Zinn and his graduate studies at Boston College.  Early in his career he served as an administrator and on faculty at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.  From 1996-2001 he held the position of Assistant Dean at Yale University.  Just prior to coming to NYU, as an Associate Director at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., he coordinated policy advocacy campaigns for the DREAM Act, increasing federal financial assistance and enhancing academic opportunities for underrepresented students.  In the summer of 2007, Richard became the Director of The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU


Jean King


A native of New York City, Jean King has resided in Ulster County in upstate New York for the last three decades.  Her career with the New York State Department of Correctional Services spans over twenty eight years.  A teacher by profession, Jean currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Program at Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Sullivan County, NY.  Previous positions held by Jean include: Pre-College Teacher, Education Supervisor, and Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Programs in five other correctional facilities in New York state.

Jean received a Bachelor of Arts from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY, a Masters from Hunter College and City University of New York, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration and Supervision from SUNY New Paltz.  She and her husband Kerry are the parents of three and grandparents of two.  She enjoys collecting fountain pens.

Paul King


Paul L. King is the Executive Director of the Office of the Arts and Special Projects (OASP) at the New York City Department of Education.  Previously, Mr. King served for four years as the Department of Education’s Director of Theater Programs. Paul was previously the Director of Education and Community Service for New York City Opera; a position he had held for seven years.  As a stage director, Mr. King has directed for New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Opera among others. He was also the Festival Administrative Manager for the Central City Opera and Director of the Young Artist Training Program for Glimmerglass Opera.  

As a union stage manager and stage director (member of Actor’s Equity and American Guild of Musical Artists), Paul has worked with Sir Peter Hall, Mark Lamos, Scott Ellis, Lee Breuer and Emily Mann among other prominent artists. Mr. King has served as an artist educator for various opera companies and theaters in the United States with over twelve years experience in high school, middle schools and elementary school instruction.  Additionally, Mr. King has been a teacher, stage director and guest artist for singer training programs at Chautauqua Opera, The Glimmerglass Opera, The Manhattan School of Music and SUNY/Purchase. 

Paul was the recipient of the 2008 Broadway Theatre League’s Apple Educator Award and is a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Diversity in Film, Television, and Commercial Production in New York City.  Mr. King was a fellow at the Empire State Partnership/New York State Council for the Arts 2002-Summer Seminar. He also served as a member of the New York City Board of Education’s Pre-Professional Advisory Committee for Performing and Visual Arts and as a grant review panelist for the Surdna and Doris Duke Foundations on the Talented Students in the Arts initiative. Formerly, he was a member of the Center for Arts Education Parents as Arts Partners advisory board. 

Mr. King holds a B.A in Theater from the Colorado College and a M.F.A. in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.  He lives in New York City and has two children in New York City public schools.