Twin City Players Awards Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarships

Twin City Players Awards Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarships


St. Joseph, MI (June 22, 2017)- The Twin City Players is pleased to announce that Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarships have been awarded to Ian Bradford of Stevensville, Aidan Kidd Diefenbach of Baroda, and Natalie Smiy of Stevensville.


Ian Bradford is a graduate of St. Joseph High School where he was a member of both the Robotics Team and Marching Band for four years. He was the Pit Percussion section leader for three years and Band MVP his sophomore, junior and senior years. Ian has been involved in scouting since 1st grade and is an Eagle Scout. Along with other volunteer activities, he has volunteered his theatre skills with Children’s Music Workshop, SJHS and The Twin City Players, where he received the TCP President’s Award in 2015. Ian plans to attend LMC and then transfer to Western Michigan University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Marketing.


Aidan Kidd Diefenbach is a graduate of Bridgman High School. He has performed since the age of five with CMW, TeenStock, Twin City Players, Lake Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, SMSO, and Paul Mow events. Aidan was a Youth Actor Award winner at TCP in 2016. At Bridgman, he was a member of the Top Ten GPA and National Honor Society along with receiving multiple art awards. His volunteer activities include TeenStock, NHS, and TCP. He is a recipient of the Pepsi Partnership Scholarship, the inaugural David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts, and the Broadway Theatre League of South Bend, Inc.’s Anita F. Boorda Scholarship for the Performing Arts. This fall Aidan will attend Columbia College Chicago, where he has received a Columbia Scholar Award, to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Comedy Writing and Performance, a minor in Writing for Television, and participate in the Honors Program.


Natalie Smiy is a graduate of St. Joseph High School where she was a section leader in the Marching and Concert Bands. Natalie was also a member of the Varsity Cheerleading team and co-captain her senior year. She was an academic mentor, an NHS tutor, and a member of the Robotics Team. Natalie participated in volunteer activities as president of TEAM through the Berrien Community Foundation, the Blossomtime organization, and with Twin City Players where she received the Golden Neophyte Award in 2014 and President’s Award in 2015. She was Miss Teen Stevensville and is currently 1st Runner-up Miss Stevensville and Miss Spirit of Blossomtime. Natalie earned her Academic Letter and Academic All-Conference with the SWMI Athletic Conference. She received the Suchovsky Scholarship through SJPS Foundation and Cheer, Academic Leadership, and St. Albertus Magnus Scholarships at Aquinas College where she plans to double major in Business Administration and Mathematics.


The Twin City Players established the Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship in 1996 in memory of former member Brian Swiger. The scholarships are earmarked for seniors graduating from Berrien County high schools who have demonstrated a strong interest in theater-related activities during their academic careers. Winners, however, can use the award money to pursue any field of study at any accredited college, university, trade school or arts education institution. The scholarship is awarded based upon school and community activities, TCP involvement, grade point average of 2.0 or better and a short essay.


About Twin City Players
Formed in 1932, Twin City Players is one of the oldest, continuously operating community theaters in Michigan. It is a volunteer based nonprofit organization that strives to be recognized for organizational excellence with an abundance of resources, producing irresistible, quality performances in southwest Michigan. The TCP Playhouse is located at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, MI. New members are always welcome. For more information about TCP, call 269-429-0400or visit us at

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