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Theatre Scholarships Available and Audition/Interview Information

This information pertains specifically to scholarships available through the Theatre Arts Department. For additional scholarship opportunities, please visit Boise State Financial Aid.

To apply for a scholarship

  • For scholarships for the 2020-2021 School Year, the Scholarship Audition Day is Saturday, February 8, 2020. Scholarships are awarded for the entire 2020-2021 school year or by semester.
  • Please contact Margaret LeMay at 208-426-3957 or beginning Monday, January 13, 2020 to schedule an appointment for your audition/interview.
  • Prepare the appropriate materials for your interview – the information required will vary depending on your interests.  If you want to study performance, you will prepare an audition.  If you are interested in design you should bring a portfolio of any theatre designs you may have done or examples of your drawing, renderings, sound tracks, effects or compositions, or sketches.
  • Show up for your appointment.
  • You must also apply for admission to Boise State University by February 15, 2020.

To be eligible for a scholarship:

  • Continuing students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; new students must have a 3.0 high school GPA and must apply for admission to Boise State University by February 15, of each year.

Recipients of scholarships are expected to

  • Be declared a BA, Theatre Arts or BA, Theatre Arts Secondary Ed major; maintain a course schedule of 12 credits or more each semester; maintain a grade point average of 3.0; demonstrate growth; and participate actively in the departmental and Theatre Majors Association production programs.

Scholarships awarded:

  • Thelma and Dean Brown Performing Arts Scholarship – an academic performance award for Theatre Arts majors. The scholarship may cover all student tuition and fees for an academic year. Two Brown Scholarships are designated as renewable and are held by the most promising and distinguished Theatre Arts majors. All current scholarship recipients must reapply for a Brown award for the upcoming academic year. Renewal is NOT automatic.
  • Theatre High School Festival Scholarship – primarily intended for recent high school graduates. Funding for this award is generated by registration fees from our annual High School Festival held each spring. The scholarship covers a portion of tuition and fees.  Renewal is NOT automatic.
  • Theatre Arts Department Scholarship – funded by Boise State University and is designated to cover a portion of tuition and fees.  Renewal is NOT automatic.
  • The Britt Bowden Scholarship.  Renewal is NOT automatic.
  • John and Eleanor Hunt Scholarship.  Renewal is NOT automatic.
  • The Dan Allen Peterson Memorial Scholarship.  Renewal is NOT automatic.
  • The Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts Scholarship in Theatre Arts.  Renewal is NOT automatic.
  • The Morrison Center Scholarship for Theatre Arts majors. Renewal is NOT automatic.

Auditions/interviews for scholarships

  • are all 10 minutes in length.  The Theatre Scholarship Committee will be present during the audition or interview which will be held in Danny Peterson Theatre in the Morrison Center Building on Saturday, February 8, 2020, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The type of audition/interview for which you should prepare will depend on your interests.

Preparing for your audition/interview:

  • Dance auditions require you to attend a classical ballet class taught by Marla Hansen in room B-111 on the Saturday of the audition at 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  Please dress and be prepared to dance in class.  If your area of dance expertise is other than ballet, please be prepared to perform a short combination in a style of your choice.  You must bring your own accompaniment prerecorded on CD.  You must also sign-up for an interview time to meet the scholarship committee following the class.  Please bring a current resume and headshot.
  • Designer/Technician interviews require a portfolio of designs (renderings of sets, costumes, light plots); photographs of productions in which your designs are featured—may be class projects as well as realized designs.
  • Dramatic Writing interviews require a written statement explaining why you are interested in dramatic writing and a 3 to 5 page sample of your work.  Both items will be turned into the faculty committee during your interview.
  • Performance auditions require 2 prepared contrasting monologues no longer than 90-seconds each.  You must also submit a head shot and a current resume.  As an option, you may sing 16 measures of a song in addition to your two monologues.  Please bring your accompaniment prerecorded on CD or MP3 player.  CD Player will be available at the audition.