Suffolk University Theatre Student Alex Pollock Wins 2005 Princess Grace Foundation Award


By his own admission, the talented theater major from East Montpelier, Vermont, was genuinely surprised.

“I'm honored and grateful to receive this award, but I consider it a huge stroke of luck,” said Pollock, 21, in his typical humble manner. “There are many of my fellow students who are just as deserving as I am. I just feel lucky to have been chosen.”

On Wednesday, October 26, Pollock will receive his award during a black tie gala, hosted by CNN's Larry King, at Manhattan's Cipriani 42 nd Street in New York. Pollock's parents, Bill and Pam Pollock, and his girlfriend, Molly Kimmerling, a 2004 Suffolk grad (degree in theatre), will be on hand to see him receive his award. Suffolk's Theatre Department General Manager Jim Kaufman, a big fan of the young theatre star, will also be in attendance to cheer Pollock on.

“Alex is really multi-talented; he writes, he directs and he acts,” said Kaufman. “He's just a tremendously creative person who is very down to earth. He has been working steadily in theatre production at Suffolk since his freshman year, and he has accomplished so much over the years.”

Said Suffolk's Theatre Department Chair Marilyn Plotkins, "Alex is an unusually gifted, unusually ambitious young actor, writer, director. He is well read and exceedingly inventive. His work consistently reveals original connections that are at once intensely personal and political, and are often balanced with a wry sense of humor. Most impressive is the depth of commitment to his work and his unrelenting striving for excellence."

The 2005 Princess Grace Foundation winners represent 24 artists and 23 awards. They attend 19 colleges, universities, and professional performing and training institutions. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $4 million to more than 400 individuals nationwide in the areas of theater, dance and film.

The Awards for theater, dance and film, first instituted in 1984, are named in honor of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, who helped aspiring artists pursue their goals throughout Her lifetime. The Foundation, a public charity formed after the death of Princess Grace in 1982, awards grants, scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships to assist artists with their training.

Alex Pollock's acting credits include: Shouting Theatre in a Crowded Fire , Suffolk Professor Wesley Savick's adaptation of the work of esteemed activist/historian Howard Zinn; Othello ; Conference of the Birds ; Rhinoceros ; Assassins ; You Can't Take It With You ; and The Suicide . In 2003, in his role as her scene partner, Pollock helped Suffolk student Ruby Des Jardins win the national Irene Ryan Acting Competition Scholarship Award, a highly prestigious honor.

He has also directed Edward Albee's, The Zoo Story, and recently wrote and directed Vulture Skull . In addition, this fall, he performed in Charles Mee's, The Imperialists at the Club Cave Canem , and will direct a Sam Shepard one-act play, The Holy Ghostly.

In addition, Pollok is the recipient of an Acting Fellowship from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for TVI Actors Studio Summer Intensive.

With his big night approaching, Alex Pollock is looking forward to receiving his Princes Grace Foundation Award. “I'm very excited about the whole experience,” he said.

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