May 23, 2016

Theater senior Sonya Hayden receives Witherspoon Scholarship to study in Scotland

Program in Theater senior Sonya Hayden has been awarded a Witherspoon Scholarship to study theater at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Established last spring, the scholarship honors the historic ties between Princeton and Edinburgh, highlighting the role of John Witherspoon at both institutions, and is awarded annually to a Princeton senior.

A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Hayden is a music major who is also earning a certificate in theater. In April the Lewis Center presented a fully staged production of The Luckiest Girl, a new musical with book, music, and lyrics written by Hayden. The Luckiest Girl, set during the Jazz Age in New York City, follows a young woman as she leaves her Upper East Side home to explore the bohemian world of downtown New York and must reconcile two radically different worlds she has come to love.

Hayden said she will pursue her interest in playwriting at Edinburgh when she begins her studies there in September.

“I … am confident that the structure of the Edinburgh program will allow me to find my artistic voice and discover engaging ways to tell the stories about which I am passionate.”
— Sonya Hayden

After Edinburgh, Hayden plans to continue writing plays and musicals, composing music, and working in theater professionally.

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