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Department of Music and Theatre

Theater Scholarships

Important Information:

  • Live Auditions will be held each year on the last Saturday in January (check back later for more information).
  • Applicants must be full-time students (12 units minimum) and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA (a higher GPA is required for some scholarships)

  • Scholarship recipients must be significantly involved in departmental productions during both semesters of the academic year for which they receive the award and are asked to sign an acceptance letter agreeing to this requirement.
  • Awards are paid 50 percent at the beginning of each semester if the award is over $600. If under $600, the award will be paid 100 percent for the fall semester.
  • Award announcements are posted to the student's portal account between July and August of the academic year they will be issued.
  • All scholarships are contingent upon successful acceptance to university.

Important Dates

DatesDescription

Early January 

  • Scholarship Applications open for the University and the Department of Music and Theatre

Mid-January 

  • University Scholarship Application is due and is mandatory for all current students (scholarship verification must be submitted at the time of your audition or interview). In-coming and transfer students are not required to apply but are highly encouraged. It is recommended that each student submits a letter of recommendation with their University Scholarship application in addition to completing an audition/interview/portfolio. By doing so, it opens up other university scholarship opportunities other than what the department has to offer.

NOTE: Applications will not be accepted after the due date. Students submitting late applications will not be considered for university scholarships and will not be able to audition or interview for a Music Department scholarship.

Later in January 

Later in January 

Last Saturday in January 

Audition Options

OptionDescription

Live Acting Auditions

To arrange for the live audition, please complete the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form(opens in new window) by the due date (mid to late January).  You will be contacted via email with your assigned time. Students must submit their Music and Theatre Department Scholarship application for their audition to be accepted.

Audition Information

  • Audition / Interviews are limited to a total time of 5 minutes
  • A CD player will be provided. You should provide appropriate music.
  • An accompanist will be provided. You should provide appropriate music, properly cut, and clearly marked.
  • Those interested in Musical Theatre scholarships should have two contrasting songs and one monologue.
  • Those interested in Theatre Performance scholarships should have two contrasting monologues. A third 'movement' piece is encouraged.

Live Portfolio Interview

  • Copies of an introduction letter & resume
  • Traditional Paper or Digital portfolios accepted
  • Applicants should provide their own computer for the interview if showing a digital or online portfolio.
  • if a projector is needed, please indicate such.

Recorded Audition

The Theatre and Musical Theatre degree programs encourages you to audition in person.  However, if you cannot do so please follow the guidelines below:

  • Consult the Acting Auditions Information link in the Live Audition section.
  • Record you video in an appropriate space with good lighting and sound quality. 
  • Video should be recorded on a high-quality recording device to provide the best image and sound.  Please use a tripod.
  • Video must be current (No more than 6 months old)
  • Dress as if this were a live audition situation
  • Upload your video to YouTube or another public video streaming site (websites requiring passwords to view videos will not be accepted).
  • Videos must be submitted by the due date for full scholarship consideration.
  • Remember to back up your recording for archival purposes.

Digital Portfolio Submission

The Theatre and Musical Theatre degree program encourages you to interview and present your portfolio in person.  However, if you cannot do so please follow the guidelines below:

  • Introduction letter and resume must be emailed to the department in .PDF format.
  • Portfolios may also be sent .PDF format or shared as a link to the applicants website.

Important Forms

Have general scholarship questions? Contact David Scholz, Chair of the Scholarship Committee: dmscholz@csuchico.edu