Special to the News-Times
COLDSPRING — Fine Arts benefactor and COCISD Education Foundation President Suzanne York was honored at the Lincoln Junior High One Act Play performance of “Lafayette No. 1” on Jan. 10.
In recognition of York’s support of the COCISD Theater Arts program and in memory of her son, the late actor Jason Murphy, Theater Arts Instructor Amanda Kendrick announced that there will be a permanently reserved seat in Murphy’s name at all future COCISD Theater Arts public performances.
Earlier this school year, York donated funds in memory of her son to the Speech & Theatre Arts Dept. at COCISD for the purchase of UIL One Act Play stage pieces for competitions.
“We are so grateful for Mrs. York’s contribution. The stage pieces are great,” Kendrick said.
Jason Murphy was a working actor in Los Angeles in commercials, film, and improv stage work. Award-winning and beloved by his alma mater, Pepperdine University at Malibu, he was memorialized by a standing-room-only crowd at the university in 2017.
As president of the COEF, York has a passion for providing enhanced educational opportunities for students. She encourages individuals to make dedicated contributions to any COCISD department of their choosing through the Education Foundation.
“Contact Cassie Gregory at COCISD,” said York. “All monies go directly to student enrichment in classrooms, including dedicated gifts in memory of a loved one.”