Tisch Drama Launches Lenore Doxsee Scholarship

Friday, Oct 30, 2020

This fall, Tisch Drama's Production & Design Studio is proud to announce an endowed scholarship in honor of the late Lenore Doxsee, a much-beloved faculty member and award-winning lighting and scenic designer for opera, dance, and theatre.

The studio is equally excited to name third-year Tisch Drama student Jasmine Canjura the inaugural recipient of the Lenore Doxsee Scholarship. The scholarship was established in honor of professor Doxsee and recognizes upper level design and/or management students who demonstrate the spirit of collaboration that she lived by.

Tisch Drama Director of Strategic Planning and founding Director of the Production & Design Studio, Chris Jaehnig, recalled Doxsee fondly, noting she had an energy and excitement. 

“All of our students learned so much from Lenore,” he said. “She would always go out of her way not just to ‘explain it,’ but to really explain.”

Doxsee taught in the department for more than 20 years.

“Lenore was the kind of colleague who was always saying yes,” Jaehnig recalled. In addition to acting as associate director of P&D at various times, Doxsee created classes in design, research, and resources as well as a collaboration class with both P&D students and directing students at Playwrights Horizons Theater School—a class fondly known as “Art & Nachos.”

Last year, friends, alumni, students, and faculty of both the Drama Department and the Department of Design for Stage & Film gathered to launch a scholarship in her honor. They are pleased that in less than one year they were able to fully fund the endowment of the scholarship.

Jaehnig shared that the award will be given out annually.