Theatre & Dance Scholarship

Awarded to first-year students (transfers not eligible) on the basis of acting, directing, playwriting, design and technology, or dance. Winners are not required to major or minor in Theatre and Dance at Wooster.

Follow these instructions to apply:

  1. Complete the general application for admission by November 1, 2019. 
  2. Complete the Theatre & Dance Scholarship Form by November 1, 2019. (Form will be available in August)
  3. Select an audition weekend to attend. Audition weekends will be offered in November and January
  • November 22-23, 2019 (available for November 1 deadline applicants only)
  • January 24-25, 2020

Applicants who complete all necessary application materials by the initial November 1 deadline, and who attend the November 22-23 audition weekend will receive notification by December 31, 2019.

*All other applicants will receive notification by April 1, 2020.

Acting

You have two minutes to present all of your material. Those auditioning should present two contrasting monologues (serious/comic or classical/modern) from two different published plays. The characters you choose should be under 25 years old. Selections must be memorized, blocked, and rehearsed. You will be timed from the first word of your piece. If you exceed your two minute time limit, you may be cut off. Performance pieces from forensic competitions are not appropriate. With departmental permission, acting audition videos may uploaded and link sent to the Department of Theatre and Dance, though preference will be given to those who attend the live audition. Please be aware that the quality of your chosen material and video submission has a direct bearing on the success of your audition. All videos should highlight the entire body and provide a clear representation of your vocal ability. Video shot from the waist up will not be considered. Only videos received by Friday at 12:00 pm the weekend of auditions will be accepted.

Directing

Two weeks prior to your visit/interview, submit a written concept and analysis of structure, theme, style, mood, and character using Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie or William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Dance

Present a two to three minute choreographed dance. We are a modern dance program although you may present choreography that represents your current dance experience. Tap is not permitted due to possible damage to our studio floor. Applicants should submit their dance resume prior to audition.

Design & Technology

All Design and Technology applicants will be interviewed by the Theatre and Dance faculty designer, the technical director/designer and the resident costume designer. Applicants whose interests and experience focus more on theatre and dance production and fabrication are encouraged to apply under Technology. You will be evaluated based on a resume of production credits and an appropriate combination of notes, sketches and production photographs that best showcase the range of your experiences.

Applicants interested in Design (scenery, costumes, props and/or lighting) should include their resume and appropriate examples of their design work in both production photos, as well as a combination of sketches, drafting or scenic models. We also strongly encourage the inclusion of studio art work in your interview.

If your interests lie in both areas, include support for both Design and Technology.

All support materials should be submitted to the department in digital form no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled interview. If your interview is on campus, please also bring your support materials with you.

Past experience has shown that the successful applicants provide the most complete and thorough documentation of their creative potential.

Playwriting

Two weeks prior to your visit/interview, applicants must send a sample of their work — plays, scenes, dialogues, and/or other significant examples of writing ability.

Stage Management

All Stage Management applicants will be interviewed by the Theatre and Dance faculty, the technical director/designer and the resident costume designer. Applicants interested in Stage Management should include their resume, samples of their prompt book and sample work that demonstrate important skills necessary for stage management.

All support materials should be submitted to the department in digital form or a link to a website no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled interview. If your interview is on campus, please also bring your support materials with you.

Past experience has shown that the successful applicants provide the most complete and thorough documentation of their work in Stage Management.

Expectations of Recipients

Beginning with the first semester of the first year and continuing as long as the scholarship is held, recipients must participate in a minimum of 40-hours each semester within the theatre and dance program. These hours may be accomplished by performing in, designing/assistant designing, assistant directing, fulfilling the role of props person, master electrician, or stage managing one mainstage faculty directed production; or serving as a crew member, or in public relations/box office for two productions. Alternately, scholarship recipients could elect to fulfill a portion or all of their 40 hours in the scenic or costumes shops.

Questions & Concerns

Please contact Kim Tritt at 330-263-2540