Department of Music and Theatre

Theatre Scholarships

Important 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


October 4, 2019

  • Scholarship Applications open for the Department of Music and Theatre. Students who wish to audition on November 2, 2019 (Chico Preview Day) must complete the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on October 27, 2019.
  • Auditions/Interviews will be held on November 2, 2019. (Note: a secondary audition date for New and Transfer Students ONLY will be scheduled for early February, 2020).
  • You will be notified of your assigned audition time and location via email. (Technical Theatre scholarships are based on interviews only).

October 27, 2019, 8:00 p.m. PST

  • Department of Music and Theatre Scholarship Applications close for the November 2 audition date. (Note: a secondary audition date for New and Transfer Students ONLY will be scheduled for early February, 2020. Contact Prof. Matthew Teague Miller for additional information).

November 2, 2019

  • Audition/Interview date for incoming and transfer students. (See below for information regarding video or audio auditions in the event you are unable to attend the live audition/interview date).

January 2, 2020

  • University Scholarship Applications open for the University. (All returning students MUST complete the University Scholarship Application or you will not be eligible for ANY scholarships. New or Transfer students are NOT required to complete the University Scholarship Application, but are strongly encouraged to do so).

Audition Options


Live Acting Auditions

To arrange for the live audition, please complete the MUTA Audition/Interview Request & Submission Form(opens in new window) by the signup deadline. 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.
  • 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: