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. We currently have funds to provide this scholarship for one group each year for four years.
Please check back in late 2021 for more information about this program.
If you’d like to donate to this fund in honor of Jamie’s legacy, please do so here