Applications open next month for a Dad’s Garage scholarship program to honor the life and legacy of Jamie Hawkins-Gaar. This is the third cycle of this scholarship, after taking a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic. Applications will be accepted March 15 through April 16. Dad’s Garage will announce the winning group in mid-May and the team will begin performance coaching in August 2021, to run through July 2022.
Jamie died from an undiagnosed heart condition on February 4, 2017. He was 32 years old. A good friend of the Dad’s Garage family, Jamie was a vivacious creative professional—a screenwriter and director who developed and directed a considerable library of online sketches that garnered hundreds of thousands of views.
Improv comedy was very much central to Jamie’s creative passions, and Dad’s Garage is proud to collaborate with his wife Katie Hawkins-Gaar to create a new scholarship program that continues Jamie’s legacy of continually creating awesome work.
The Jamie Hawkins-Gaar Memorial Scholarship is open to improv teams based in Atlanta. Improv teams are groups of like-minded individuals who perform short- or long-form improv geared towards a specific concept or interest. The scholarship will provide one team with twice-monthly coaching sessions from Dad’s Garage, for a full year, for free.
There is no limit on how many people can be on a team; however, the roster must remain consistent throughout the coaching process. We are especially interested in teams that represent the diversity of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. reflective of the larger Atlanta community.
Through this scholarship program, we hope to foster new and diverse creative voices in Atlanta—something Jamie would have been very excited to see. This is the third year this scholarship has been offered. The first winners were “Other Side of the Wall,” a bilingual Spanish-English improv troupe. The second year’s winners were “Red Pill Players,” a group of Black improvisers who cover issues related to social justice in their performance.