Theatre & Dance Scholarship
847 College Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691
Awarded to first-year students (transfers not eligible) on the basis of acting, directing, playwriting, design and technology, stage management, or dance. Please note that you should only apply for one scholarship area. Applicants should apply in the area in which they wish to focus their time and skills on while at Wooster. Winners are not required to major or minor in Theatre and Dance at Wooster.
* Acting scholarship students are required to audition for the faculty-directed theatre productions each semester (though not required to be cast in the show).
Follow these instructions to apply:
- Complete the general application for admission by November 1, 2020.
- Complete the Theatre & Dance Scholarship Form by November 1, 2020.
- Select an audition weekend to attend. Audition weekends will be offered in November
- Audition dates and details to be determined.
Applicants who complete all necessary application materials by the November 1 deadline, and who attend the November 22 audition weekend, will receive notification by December 31, 2020.
* All other applicants will receive notification by April 1, 2021.
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 (musical auditions will NOT be accepted). 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.
Once on stage, please introduce yourself and both pieces, including author names. For example, “Hello, my name is Stella Dubois and I will be performing a piece from Medea, by Euripides, and a piece from Silent Sky, by Lauren Gunderson. Thank you”
With departmental permission, acting audition videos may be uploaded and a link sent to the Department of Theatre and Dance at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Two weeks prior to your visit/interview, submit a written concept and analysis of structure, theme, style, mood, and character using August Wilson's Fences or Quiara Alegria Hudes' Water by the Spoonful.
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. With departmental permission, dance audition videos may be uploaded and a link sent to Department of Theatre and Dance at email@example.com.
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.
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.
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