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Dad’s Garage Honors Late Lighting Designer With Memorial Scholarship

The recipient of the scholarship, set up in honor of Josh Conan Santamaria, will be brought along to shadow and observe productions at Dad's Garage, getting hands-on experience in technical theater.
The recipient of the scholarship, set up in honor of Josh Conan Santamaria, will be brought along to shadow and observe productions at Dad's Garage, getting hands-on experience in technical theater.
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Dad’s Garage Theatre and the Atlanta creative community lost a bright light recently. Joshua Conan Santamaria died in February after a yearlong battle with stage 4 lung cancer.

Now, Dad’s has set up a scholarship in his honor.

The recipient of the Legend of Conan Lighting Scholarship will be brought along to shadow and observe productions at Dad’s Garage, getting hands-on experience in technical theater.

In addition to the Conan Lighting Scholarship, the company is also offering the Jamie Hawkins-Gaar Memorial Scholarship to promote diversity within the improv comedy community. That fund is named after a filmmaker and sketch comedy writer who died in 2017.

“We’ve built up our own community,” artistic director Kevin Gillese tells “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, “and we want to honor that by taking care of those people, whatever that means.”

“In this case, of course, we’re remembering important members of our community with these scholarships, and hopefully building it up so that our whole little world can stay strong and vibrant for years to come.”