Theatre & Dance Scholarship

Admissions

847 College Ave.

Wooster, OH 44691

Phone: 330-263-2322

Fax: 330-263-2621

admissions@wooster.edu

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. Scholarship recipients 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:

  1. Complete the general application for admission by November 15, 2020.
  2. Complete the Theatre & Dance Scholarship Form by November 15, 2020.*
  3. Submit a resume, requested materials (see scholarship form), and/or link to your audition video with your application.

Applicants who complete all necessary application materials by the November 15 deadline will receive notification by December 31, 2020.

* For applicants who are not able to complete the steps above by the November 15 deadline, there will be a second deadline available until January 1, 2021. Notification of the second round will occur by April 1, 2021.

Acting

Those applying 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 have two minutes to present all of your material and you will be timed from the first word of your piece. Performance pieces from forensic competitions are not appropriate.

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. Videos shot from the waist up will not be considered.

Directing

Please 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.

Additionally, applicants will be required to interview with a member or members of the Theatre & Dance faculty and staff. Applicants will be contacted by Patrice Smith, psmith@wooster.edu, to set up an interview time and date.

Dance

Dance auditions are to be submitted by recording. Please provide a link to your audition video (YouTube or Vimeo preferred) and send a link to psmith@wooster.edu. If the dance audition video includes other dancers in the group please be sure to point out where you are in the group.

Design & Technology

Applicants whose interest and experience focus more on theatre and dance production 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 materials should be submitted to the department in digital form. Past experience has shown that the successful applicants provide the most complete and thorough documentation of their creative potential.

Additionally, applicants will be required to interview with a member or members of the Theatre & Dance faculty and staff. Applicants will be contacted by Patrice Smith, psmith@wooster.edu, to set up an interview time and date.

Playwriting

Please submit a sample of your work - plays, scenes, dialogues, and/or other significant examples of writing ability.

Additionally, applicants will be required to interview with a member or members of the Theatre & Dance faculty and staff. Applicants will be contacted by Patrice Smith, psmith@wooster.edu, to set up an interview time and date.

Stage Management

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

Additionally, applicants will be required to interview with a member or members of the Theatre & Dance faculty and staff. Applicants will be contacted by Patrice Smith, psmith@wooster.edu, to set up an interview time and date.

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