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Theatre Scholarships and Audition/Interview Information

This information pertains specifically to scholarships available through the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing. For additional scholarship opportunities, please visit Boise State Financial Aid.

General scholarship information:

  • All scholarships will be awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Applicants may apply either by video or with an in-person audition
  • Please read the application requirements carefully, including the section on requirements based on your area of specialty. The materials will vary depending on your interests.

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.

Video auditions

  • The deadline for video audition submissions is 5 PM, February 4, 2023. Applications submitted after this date/time will not be considered. Videos should be in a MP format or accessible via a provided YouTube link, and emailed to theatrefilmcw@boisestate.edu
  • Along with your video, please send your resume that includes your current GPA (in high school or college) and all your theatre experience to date as an attachment.
  • Please also send the other required materials based on your area of specialty (see below).
  • Please include in your video some information on your background, your current GPA (in high school or college), your graduation date (from high school or expected from Boise State University), and whether or not you will be a full time theatre major in 2023-2024.
  • Please email Richard Klautsch rklauts@boisestate.edu or Natanya Biskar natanyabiskar@boisestate.edu if you have questions.

In-Person auditions

  • All in-person auditions will take place on Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 from 10 AM – 3:00 PM 
  • Please bring a copy of your resume that includes your current GPA (in high school or college) and all your theatre experience to date, along with the other required application materials based on your area of specialty (see below)
  • Each audition and interview will be 15 minutes
  • To select your time preferences for an in-person audition, please fill out this form

Requirements by area of specialty:

Please submit the following materials based on your interest/area of specialty:

  • Designer/Technician: Please submit a written statement of no more than 500 words explaining your interests and goals in pursuing this course of study, and a portfolio of designs (renderings of sets, costumes, light plots) and/or photographs of productions in which your designs are featured (may be class projects as well as realized designs). If submitting digitally, please share your portfolio as a Google Drive folder.
  • Dramatic Writing: Please submit a written statement of no more than 500 words explaining your interests and goals in pursuing this course of study and a 3-5 page sample of your work. If submitting digitally, please attach your statement and writing sample as a single document.
  • Performance: Please submit a written statement of no more than 500 words explaining your interests and goals in pursuing this course of study, a head shot, and two prepared contrasting monologues (for example: comedy/tragedy, or classical/contemporary) no longer than 90-seconds each. Optional: you may sing sixteen measures of a song in addition to your two monologues. If submitting digitally,  videos should be in a MP format or accessible via a provided YouTube link, and emailed to theatrefilmcw@boisestate.edu. Please attach your statement and resume as a single document.

Recipients of scholarships are expected to

  • Be declared a BA in Theatre Arts or a BA in 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.
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