The Nolan Gibbons Memorial Scholarship Fund

Nolan Gibbons Scholarship for Equity & Inclusion

After the sudden and tragic passing of our friend and colleague, Nolan Gibbons with the help and blessing of his parents, BAL Board Member Warren and his wife Sheila, we established The Nolan Gibbons Scholarship for Equity and Inclusion. We talked about all the things that mattered to Nolan, who really wanted to see a more inclusive and accepting world for everyone. This scholarship is meant to open opportunities for deserving students who exhibit a passion and interest for the performing arts and to provide a platform to help them pursue that passion.

"Everybody likes to be themselves."
-Nolan Gibbons

In loving memory of our dear friend and student, The Nolan Gibbons Scholarship Fund is designed to help our students with financial need access training and impactful experiences in the performing arts.

Please fill out the form below to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund; donors will be emailed a tax-compliant donation receipt after making a contribution.

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Our first recipient of the Nolan Gibbons scholarship was Brockton High School’s own Geovanny Antunes. When Geovanny joined Break a Leg Theater Works in the iconic role of Ben in our production of Night of the Living Dead, The Musical it was as if he had been with us all along. Not only did he make a stellar BAL debut in the role, but he was such an inspiring and charming presence in every way offstage as well.

 

When Geovanny heard Nolan's single, “I Just Wanna Be in Love” released posthumously, for the first time, he said, “Wow, I feel like I know Nolan and that we would have been friends.” Yes, you would have Geo. Geovanny will be continuing his studies at UMass Amherst where he will major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Other iconic moments at BAL are his portrayal of Feldzieg in The Drowsy Chaperone, and his charming performance of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas" in “Sounds of the Season."

 

Break a Leg next year Geo, thank you for sharing your gifts with BAL!

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Break a Leg Theater Works was honored to perform at the first annual NolanFest, a celebration of his life and legacy on what would have been his 16th birthday weekend. You can donate to The Nolan Gibbons Scholarship for Equity and Inclusion by clicking here. You may also purchase Nolan’s four released singles ("I Just Wanna Be in Love," "My Turn," "Audio," and "Burden") on all streaming platforms. A portion of the proceeds go to causes near and dear to Nolan’s heart.

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