Society of Properties Artisan Managers Announce 2018 Grant Winners

by Michael Eddy
Kayla Carroll, the winner of the 2018 Edie Whitsett Grant and Danielle Wermedal, the winner of the 2018 Jen Trieloff Grant (Left to Right)
Kayla Carroll, the winner of the 2018 Edie Whitsett Grant and Danielle Wermedal, the winner of the 2018 Jen Trieloff Grant (Left to Right)

The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M) announce the winners of their two annual grants for props personnel looking to further their career: the Edie Whitsett Grant and the Jen Trieloff Grant. Both are intended to assist with transportation, housing, or necessities while completing an internship in the field of properties. The winner of the 2018 Edie Whitsett Grant is Kayla Carroll. The winner of the 2018 Jen Trieloff Grant is Danielle Wermedal.

The Edie Whitsett Grant for Theatrical Properties
The Edie Whitsett Grant is an annual award given to an individual wishing to further their career in theatrical properties, especially but not limited to theatrical props in children’s theater. Edie Whitsett was the longtime property shop manager and a frequent designer at Seattle Children’s Theatre. She also created sets for Village Theatre, Seattle Opera, ACT Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and other arts entities. Whitsett’s honors included an Artist Trust fellowship, a commission for an art installation at the Seattle Public Library’s central branch and two Seattle Times Footlight Awards.

Kayla Carroll is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis where she received her Bachelor of Science in Theatrical Production and Design. During her time at the University she worked as Properties Designer for a total of ten productions including Eurydice, Urinetown, Out of Order, and Frankenstein. Her designs for King Lear and Move Over Mrs. Markham! each received a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Before graduating she was able to complete an internship in the properties department of the Indiana Repertory Theatre where she worked with S*P*A*M member Geoffrey Ehrendreich. This July she will be joining the Professional Training Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville where she will be an apprentice under S*P*A*M member Mark Walston. You can find her resume and examples of her work at Https://kladcarroll.wixsite.com/kladdesigns.

The Jen Trieloff Grant for Theatrical Properties
Jen Trieloff was Properties Director for American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Forward Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin and has served as Prop Master and Prop Designer for Madison Rep and Madison Opera and Ballet among others. He was an accomplished craftsman and scene designer whose work was seen on stages inside and outside of Wisconsin.

Dani Wermedal is a proud alumna of State University Theatre, Prairie Repertory Theatre and a graduate of South Dakota State University with a BS in Theatre. While with SUT and PRT she Prop Mastered shows such as Monty Python's Spamalot, Shrek the Musical, and A Year with Frog and Toad. She is from Volga, SD and is currently preparing to move cross country in August to be Hartford Stage's next Properties Apprentice for the 2018-2019 season under the guidance of S*P*A*M member Erin Keller. She is honored to be the recipient of the 2018 S*P*A*M Jenn Trieloff Memorial Grant and can't wait to further her experience and education in the world of Props. You can find examples of her work and resume at wermedalprops.weebly.com.

Stage Directions sends our congratulations to both Kayla and Dani and look forward to seeing their prop work on future productions.

Further information from The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M): http://propmasters.org/