Twin City Players Awards Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarships

Twin City Players Awards Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarships


The Twin City Players is pleased to announce that Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarships have been awarded to Leo Carmody of Stevensville and Ariel Higgins of St. Joseph.


Leo Carmody is a graduate of Lakeshore High School where he participated in the school musicals, choir, and Berrien County Dancers. Leo won the TCP Tiffany Award for Best Actor and Best Youth Male Actor for his role as Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher in 2017. Leo has been singing, dancing, and acting since first grade with Lakeshore, Southwestern Michigan College, Lake Michigan College, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and Twin City Players. Leo will study Musical Theatre this fall at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in pursuit of a BFA.


Ariel Higgins is a graduate of St. Joseph High School where she participated in theatre department plays and musicals. Ariel brought back the drama club and served as its president. Besides participating in theatre at SJHS, she worked on shows with Children’s Music Workshop, Lake Michigan College, and Twin City Players. She received a President's Award during the 2014-2015 season and an Unsung Hero Award for A Christmas Carol from Twin City Players. Ariel will be attending Alma College in the fall where she will major in Theatre with a minor in Psychology.


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 2.5 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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