At the discretion of the department, this award may be presented annually under the auspices of the Theatre Circle. It is given to a graduating M.F.A. student or undergraduate major selected by the head of acting and directing. This award goes to a student who has displayed evidence of exceptional talent and dedication in the area of acting or directing and who, immediately upon graduation, is intent upon pursuing a career in professional theatre. The primary source of funds for the award is the R. Keith Michael and Marion Bankert Michael Fund, a designated endowment fund in the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Inc.