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‘Christmas Carol’ proceeds given to Jensen scholarship
Monday, December 15, 2008

Tim Douglas Jensen
Above, Tim Douglas Jensen, '90, who loved the Fredonia theatre department as much as it loved him.

Read Professor Tom Loughlin's tribute to Tim in his blog, "A Poor Player."


The Dec. 6 matinee of “A Christmas Carol” raised $3,025.75 for the Tim Jensen Class of 1990 Scholarship fund. In the spirit of the Christmas season, the Department of Theatre and Dance at the State University of New York at Fredonia donated the proceeds from its Saturday matinee in memory of a former student and visiting artist.

Timothy Douglas Jensen was a student at SUNY Fredonia from 1986 to 1990, graduating with a BFA degree in acting. As a student in the department of Theatre and Dance, he performed in many productions.

Tom Loughlin, a professor of Theatre and Dance, said Jensen “was among the most talented actors ever to have performed on the Marvel and Bartlett stages.” He was also much-loved by his fellow students, who created this scholarship in his honor.

Jensen’s noteworthy performances include the role of Sam in “Echoes,” Rev. John Hale in “The Crucible,” and Frank Strang in “Equus.”

Upon graduating from Fredonia, Jensen built a career in New York City as a performer and writer in several off-Broadway locations. He returned to Fredonia in the spring semester of 2004 as a visiting assistant professor and directed “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” for the department (see Campus Report story on his visit).

While here he also performed his most well-known work, “Shoes,” at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Composed of series of monologues culled from his experiences meeting people through all walks of life, Shoes was a one-person show in which Jensen literally “stepped into the shoes” of the people he had written about to create a marvelous array of characters.

Jensen passed away suddenly in December of 2005, and is deeply missed by faculty and classmates alike. The Timothy Douglas Jensen Class of 1990 Fund was established by his classmates, and honors the memory of an outstanding student, talented theatre artist, and consummate professional.

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