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Tony Award winner establishes scholarships

Funding helps with student recruitment

Albert Nocciolino
Albert Nocciolino. Photography: Provided.

Albert Nocciolino, a Binghamton University Foundation board member, expanded his support for theater students by establishing the Albert Nocciolino Scholarship for Excellence in Theatre.

The scholarship will be awarded to two incoming first-year students who are majoring in theatre, with preference given to students with demonstrated financial need. Nocciolino also supports an eponymous theater award for graduating seniors.

“The best way to grow the Theatre Department and recruit students who have an interest in pursuing theater is to provide support for incoming students as other schools do,” Nocciolino said. “I’m happy to be a part of that.”

Nocciolino recalled how in junior high school, he considered himself a thespian but found his way playing sports instead. He remained interested in theater while he pursued his education in business. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he worked in investment banking. Today, he is president and CEO of NAC Entertainment Ltd., enabling him to combine his passions into a successful career.

“I say this to all young people I have the About the donor opportunity to speak to: If you have a passion for something you should pursue it,” he said. “Helping to support young people who have a passion for theater and want to pursue an education and exposure to performing, directing or designing is pretty special. I’m just thrilled that Binghamton University is committed to growing the department and that I’m able to support it.”

About the donor

Albert Nocciolino has worked more than 35 years in the theatrical entertainment business. He is president and CEO of NAC Entertainment Ltd., an entertainment and theatrical company in Binghamton that specializes in presenting national touring Broadway shows in New York and Pennsylvania. He also produces shows on Broadway and national touring shows across the U.S.

He received Tony Awards in 2017 for The Band’s Visit (Best Musical), 2013 for Kinky Boots (Best Musical), 2010 for La Cage aux Folles (Best Revival of a Musical), 2005 for Spamalot (Best Musical) and 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie (Best Musical).