THOMMIE WALSH, an Auburn native and 2 time Tony and Drama Desk Award winner, was an accomplished actor, choreographer, and director. As Director/Choreographer, he worked with legends such as Tommy Tune, Ann-Margret, Chita Rivera, Mitzi Gaynor, and Joel Grey. Most notably, Thommie originated the role of Bobby in A CHORUS LINE on Broadway, a character that was heavily based on his life. Although Thommie passed in 2007, his mark on Auburn, Broadway, and the theatre community, will not soon fade.
In 2016, the Merry-Go- Round Playhouse, Inc. joined Thommie’s family in creating a scholarship to honor his legacy and love of the theatre. The Thommie Walsh / Merry-Go- Round Playhouse Scholarship is awarded annually as $2,000 scholarship awards to full-time committed undergraduate students who are pursuing a career in musical theatre. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates a passion and talent for a career in musical theatre, financial need, has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and is actively involved in professional development and theatre activities.
High School Seniors, Undergraduates, and GED certificate holders are eligible to apply.