Theatre Scholarships

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The St. Mary's Theatre Program offers two types of merit scholarships in Performance and Theatre Studies (requiring an acting audition and interview) and Design and Technical Theatre (requiring a presentation and an interview). 

Saint Mary’s College awards up to $13,000 in tuition-remission, merit-based scholarships for demonstrated artistic excellence in one or more areas of theatre: acting, directing, playwriting, design, technical theatre and stage management. The awards are renewable for four years. Only freshmen are eligible to apply.

Theatre Program Scholarship auditions for students entering in Fall 2017 will be held on January 21st, 2017. We will accept applications through January 21st, 2017 or until all audition slots are filled. Students must apply to Saint Mary's College before the auditions in January. We recommend meeting the early-bird deadline for college application.

How to Prepare for your Theatre Scholarship Audition

Actors (also recommended for Directors and Playwrights)

  • Prepare two contrasting monologues, one modern/contemporary and one classical [e.g. Shakespeare, Greek, Moliere]. The two pieces may not exceed five minutes total, and should be age- and type- appropriate. TIPS: Your program should be fully memorized and rehearsed. You may be asked to improvise in response to specific direction.

  • Also, prepare a 90 second silent movement study.  Choose from the following menu of topics:   

    • Choose a “daily routine” – some sequence of ordinary physical actions you perform about the same every day. Now, imagine that your environment has become gigantic, ala Alice in Wonderland. Try to complete your “routine” anyway, using these giant objects. Find new steps and solutions to achieve your goal. 
    • Think of an “impossible physical action” – something it would be humanly impossible to do. Now, believe that you really can accomplish this action. Really try. Keep finding new ways to solve the problem.
    • You are a kid. One day, as you are a) setting the table would be humanly impossible to do. Now, believe that you really can accomplish this action. Really try. Keep finding new ways to solve the problem. or b) getting dressed or c) walking your dog, an “unreal” event occurs. The event is magical or truly terrifying, or both – and it takes you on a journey. At the end, you manage to return to what you were doing.

TIPS: Before the audition, practice your movement study. Focus on using your body fully, and connecting with the space around you. Keep your study silent, and avoid “mimed dialogue.” We’re looking for bold choices, strong commitment to an action, expressive physicality, and a clear connection between your imagination and your body.

Stage Managers, Technicians and Designers

  • Prepare a six-minute oral presentation describing your "behind the scenes" contribution to an actual production. Visual elements are helpful but not required.
  • Interview with faculty.

Request your scholarship audition appointment here.

To maintain scholarship eligibility you must:

  • Major or minor in theatre;
  • Be a full time student;
  • Pass all classes;
  • Maintain at least a "C" average;
  • Audition (performers) or crew (technicians/designers) for a major production each semester ; and
  • Serve the production and department as a model citizen.

Please Note: Students awarded theatre scholarships are expected to audition for each major production. If not cast they will be expected to assist the production in other capacities.

For further information or to schedule an audition contact Rebecca Engle, Theatre Program Director, at (925) 631-4159 or [email protected].