Sisu Scholarship

Sisu Scholarship

in Honor of Jessica Goldstein and Althea Hukari

Freehold is excited to announce the beginning of a fundraising campaign to support an annual scholarship to our advanced training series the Meisner Progression. This scholarship is offered in the name of two of Freehold's most beloved and respected teachers, Jessica Goldstein and Althea Hukari, who both passed away from cancer in 2012. Jessica and Althea devoted their lives to the pursuit of the truth through acting, writing, directing and teaching theater. We plan to honor this devotion with a scholarship that promotes their vision and goals.

Jessica Goldstein, like the best teachers, inspired in her students a fierce loyalty and a voracious appetite to learn and excel. She knew just how to push to get her students to want to do more. For Jessica, teaching was a form of deep intimacy and those she worked with understood this and responded in kind.

Althea Hukari was a teacher of astounding sensitivity and understanding. She knew how to get to the nub of a scene and to help an actor access the emotion, to express it in a kinetic way. As a teacher and director and later as a playwright, Althea dug for an understanding of human frailty, foibles and strengths and illuminated them through relationships on stage.

The Goldstein/Hukari Sisu Scholarship Fund will be a merit based award. It will provide a full tuition waiver for one Meisner student per year who demonstrates the passion, the potential and the drive to move theater forward and to make a lasting contribution to the community that we serve.

In service of this goal, former staff member and Freehold supporter Daniel Morris is raising $43,000 to support the program for the first ten years. The first Goldstein/Hukari Sisu Scholarship will be awarded in fall of 2013. To help fund this program in perpetuity, we encourage donors to pledge an annual amount but all donations are greatly appreciated. Please help us further the work that Jessica and Althea spent their lives supporting. Donations can be made at Freehold or online. Any questions about the scholarship or how to give may be directed to Freehold's Managing Director Zoe Fitzgerald via our Contact page.

Sisu (see'-soo)

is a Finnish term that can be roughly translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. The literal meaning is equivalent in English to "having guts", and the word derives from sisus, which means something inner or interior. However sisu is defined by a long-term element in it; it is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain an action against the odds. Deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures is sisu.