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January 24, 2014

Fizer awarded scholarship to New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts


FizerKnown for his ability to bring to life the characters he portrays on the Robert Brown Theatre stage, Cowley College sophomore Gary Fizer III was recently awarded a scholarship to attend The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Fizer auditioned for the scholarship Jan. 12 in Kansas City, MO and recently received the call to congratulate him on being the recipient of the scholarship to the prestigious acting school.

“New York will be a whole different world with tons of people and huge buildings, but I am excited to experience those things,” Fizer said.

Fizer, who was Cowley College’s 2013 homecoming king, first performed on Cowley’s theatre stage during the school’s Children’s Theatre production of “Monster in the Closet”.

“After that first play I was hooked,” Fizer said. “My passion and love for theatre grew from there.”

Fizer has also had acting parts in Cowley’s theatre productions of “Cactus Flower”, “The Beeple”, “White Christmas”, “Noises Off”, “The Drowsy Chaperone”, and “A Walk in the Woods”.

Unsure of what he would like to do following the conclusion of the 2013 spring semester, Fizer said the late Scott MacLaughlin encouraged him to come back to Cowley and build his resume.

With that, Fizer landed the role of The Chief in the school’s upcoming spring play “Peter Pan”.

Cowley College interim theatre director Dejon Ewing has enjoyed working with Fizer and praised his ability as an actor and singer.

“Gary always raises everyone’s level and is one of those positive forces you love to be around,” Ewing said. “We are so proud of him. You want good things for such a good guy.”

Along with theatre, Fizer is a member of the Concert Choir and Act One. He was previously involved in IMPACT, FCA, intramurals, and was a Student Ambassador.

He is looking forward to the opportunity to learn from industry professionals and hopefully land auditions for television and film roles.

“I hope to make an impact with my acting and go as far as possible,” Fizer said.