Chris Guzman awarded Bob Fitzsimmons Memorial Scholarship
The Bob Fitzsimmons Memorial Scholarship is given annually to a college-bound senior who has excelled in the theatre arts programs while attending Stepinac High School. The prestigious Arts Scholarship is named after Bob Fitzsimmons, a graduate of Stepinac High School, who died suddenly at the age of 37 in March of 1992. He was the Public Relations Director of the Westchester Broadway Theatre, as well as a gifted actor, producer, writer and a director of shows at WBT and at numerous theatres throughout the County.
This year's recipient, of the Bob Fitzsimmons Scholarship is Christopher Guzman, a 2014 graduate of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains.
His love for the theater began at the tender age of 7 when he attended theater summer camp at the Westchester Music Conservatory and later at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. However, it was at Stepinac where he blossomed as an actor and realized he wanted to pursue acting as a career.
Christopher Guzman's name has become synonymous with Stepinac theatre since his freshman year. He started off his tenure in the program by playing Rudolfo in Miller's A View From the Bridge. (Talk about commitment - He even dyed his hair blonde!) He then went on to portray Monsieur Darque in Beauty and the Beast. In his sophomore year, he earned his first Metropolitan Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor as Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. Chris continued his theatrical journey by playing Scrooge in Stepinac's first ever fall musical - Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol and then followed that with his second Metropolitan Award - this time for Best Actor in a leading role as Che in Evita. His senior year marked a foray into classical drama as Dr. Stockman in Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and his final show as a member of the Stepinac Drama Club was Mary Poppins. His portrayal of George Banks earned him a Metropolitan Award nomination as well. This summer, Chris, now an alumnus, joined the Stepinac Alumni theatre and portrayed Young Ben in Follies.
His dedication has not only been reflected on stage but in the classroom, where he also excelled graduating at the top 5% of his class with a GPA of 95.2, which earned him numerous merit awards including the prestigious Order of the Crusaders medal for his dedication and to the school. Chris will enter NYU's Tisch School of Arts in the fall.
Chris most definitely continues in the Bob Fitzsimmons' tradition of theatre.His prodigious talent is matched by his huge heart and generosity of spirit. So, we are pleased to present the Bob Fitzsimmons' Memorial Scholarship to Christopher Guzman.
A view From The Bridge Evita Phantom Of The Opera