The Jack Shaw Memorial Fund for Aspiring Performers

“The Jack Shaw Memorial Fund for Aspiring Performers” aids South Jersey performers seeking a future in the theatre arts by assisting with professional development training, materials costs and mentoring.

“The Eagle Theatre, manager of the fund, is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Hammonton, NJ and is known as South Jersey’s only year-round professional Equity theatre. One of the theatre’s primary goals is to develop the talent of tomorrow through hands on instruction and eye opening performances. “The Jack Shaw Memorial Fund for Aspiring Performers” allows promising students to develop into seasoned performers by providing them with the tools they need to succeed. The Eagle Theatre thanks the Shaw family for their foresight and generosity.”

To donate to this wonderful fund, simply send your tax deductible donation to The Eagle Theatre, C/O The Jack Shaw Memorial Fund for Aspiring Performers. PO BOX 388, Hammonton, NJ 08037.

Please make all checks payable to The Eagle Theatre.  You may write “Jack Shaw Memorial Fund” on the memo line on your check.

If you’d prefer to donate online with your major credit card, simply click here.


ASPIRING PERFORMERS – How to apply for this Grant

Qualifications: Entrants must be between the ages of 13-22.  Must have a desire to further their education in the arts (school, community or professional theatre).

How to submit: Email with the following information…

– Resume and/or bio

– Age, address, phone number, email address

– If attending school currently: Grade, School Name.

– List any theatrical training received

– Short essay explaining “why you should be chosen as a recipient of this grant and what you would do with the funding”



Jack Kenneth Shaw, II, 62, of Haddonfield, passed on May 4, 2015. Born July 9, 1952 in Pasadena, CA. Beloved husband of Amy Keys Shaw, father of Aidan and Allie Shaw, and stepfather of Zach Naegele. Also survived by his sisters Beverly Hunt (Gene) of Yuma, AZ and Peggy Shaw, of Bradenton, FL. Jack was a graduate of Benton High School in St. Joseph, MO, Missouri Western University and the University of Missouri at Columbia, from which he earned two Masters’ degrees. He was a veteran of the Marines, during the Vietnam War, and the Air Force, as a public affairs officer and professor at the United States Air Force Academy.

He was retired from the US Department of Health and Human Services. In his retirement, he pursued his passions of writing, teaching and theater. He wrote several books, taught speech and English at several local colleges, and was a theater critic and active member and of the South Jersey theater community. He also loved to travel with his family, particularly to the Caribbean, where he dreamed of ultimately retiring.

One of his wishes was for this fund to be created and for the Eagle Theatre to assist in the management of the fund.


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