Arts Festival Alumni Guest
boston college arts council
Each year, the Boston College Arts Council recognizes an alumnus, a faculty member, and several students for their accomplishments and contributions to the arts in various disciplines. Alumni and faculty award recipients serve as role models, inspiring and guiding developing young artists in the Boston College community. The award recipients participate in programming at our annual campus-wide Arts Festival and interact in small-group settings with students in their fields. Student award recipients in sophomore, junior or senior years are recognized for their creativity and accomplishments, as well as for specific projects. See a complete list of past recipients here.
Recipient of 2017 Alumni Award:
Tracey Wigfield '05
The Arts Council has selected Tracey Wigfield to be the recipient of the 2017 Alumni Award. Established in 1999, this award recognizes alumni who have achieved an outstanding level of distinction and public recognition for contributions in their art-related professions.
Tracey Wigfield is the creator and showrunner of the new NBC sitcom Great News. She also produces, writes and acts on the show. Previously she was a co-executive producer, writer and actress on the FOX and HULU comedy The Mindy Project.
Tracey got her start in television writing for NBC's award-winning series 30 Rock. During her six years on the show, Tracey rose from writers' assistant to producer and in 2013, she and Tina Fey received an Emmy for writing the show's series finale, making her the fourth woman in Emmy history to take home that award. Tracey also won a Writers' Guild Award, a Comedy Central comedy award and received five additional Emmy nominations for her work on 30 Rock. Tracey was named one of Glamour magazine's "35 Under 35 Women in Hollywood" and has co-hosted ABC's The View. She has performed improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and Los Angeles. Tracey is a New Jersey native and a graduate of Boston College (Class of 2005).
Recipient of 2016 Alumni Award:
Nick Scandalios '89
Nick Scandalios graduated from Boston College in 1987 from the Carroll School of Management. A committed CSOM student, Scandalios was also an active member of the theatre scene, starring in West Side Story during his time at the Heights. Shortly after graduating, he became the assistant to Jimmy Nederlander, Chairman of the Nederlander Organization. Jimmy Nederlander is recognized today as the man that built one of the largest private live entertainment companies still in existence. Since joining the company in 1987, Scandalios has risen in the ranks and now stands as the Executive Vice President of this century-old company.
The Nederlander Organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1912, when David T. Nederlander obtained a lease on the Detroit Opera House. It has since grown into an international company committed to operating historic theatre and producing and presenting the best in theatrical entertainment and concert events. Devoted to only producing “the best”, the organization owns many of Broadway’s best-known theaters, including the Gershwin, Marquis, Minskoff, and Palace, not to mention the theaters it owns in London, Chicago, San Diego, and other cities across the US. As the Executive Vice President of this organization, Scandalios is integral in the company’s production choices and so has been actively involved in the booking decisions for the theaters for years. Under his guidance, shows including The Lion King, Wicked, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray and many others have played and continue to play Nederlander Theatres. It is thus no surprise that in 2008 Scandalios received the Robert Whitehead Award, which is given to graduates of the Commercial Theater Institute that have achieved “outstanding achievement in commercial theatre production.”
Scandalios’s impact in the theatre world extends beyond his position with the Nederlander Organization. He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Broadway League, the trade association representing the entire commercial theatre industry on Broadway and across North America, and has served as the Immediate past Chair and now Treasurer of the Family Equality Council. Furthermore, he has demonstrated his steadfast commitment to humanitarian causes through serving on the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Currently the Nederlander Organization is home to some of Broadways newest hits including the groundbreaking Hamilton, ON YOUR FEET!, and Waitress, the new musical with a score by Sara Bareilles that tried out here in Boston. The Arts Council is proud to recognize the achievements of an alumnus such as Nick Scandalios, who not only has become one of the most influential people on Broadway, but who is also staunchly committed to promoting nothing short of excellence in professional theater.