Theatre Scholarships

Saint Mary's offers two types of merit scholarships for artistic excellence in Theatre: Performance and Theatre Studies, and Design and Technical Theatre. Find out how you can apply!      

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. Scholarships may be combined with financial aid. These merit­-based awards are available only to incoming first-year students, and are renewable for four years.










Theatre Program Scholarship auditions for students entering in Fall 2023 will be held on January 21, 2023 in-person and January 22, 2023 virtually. Masks are recommended at all times inside campus spaces unless patrons are actively eating, drinking, or performing. 

We will accept applications through November 15th, 2022or until all audition slots are filled. Students interested in the scholarship must apply to Saint Mary's College by November 1, 2022 (early action deadline). 

Due by November 15, 2022:

  • Complete the departmental scholarship form
  • Video of audition and/or tech presentation sent to Kimiya Shokri at (see specific prompt below) Video should not exceed one minute.
  • Letters of recommendation on Common App, preferably from Theatre directors, teachers, coaches, etc.

IF selected for an interview:

  • An in-person interview in Moraga, CA on January 21st OR a synchronous virtual interview on January 22nd. 
    • Actors should be ready to perform your memorized monologue or poem during the interview. You may be asked to make adjustments in response to specific direction.
    • Designers/Technicians should be ready to talk about any leadership experience you may have.
  • 2 Letters of recommendation from someone familiar with your work: a director, theatre teacher, or acting coach. Please email directly to Prof. Kimiya Shokri (, unless they are already attached to your college application.

How to Prepare for your Theatre Scholarship Audition Video due November 15th

Performance and Theatre Studies

Actors (also recommended for Directors and Playwrights)

Prepare one video of either:

A one-minute monologue from a play


A one-minute excerpt of a poem or monologue that you wrote

This video should reveal skills in storytelling, character, language, physical expressivity and imagination.

This is a chance to show your preparation, range, and passion. Stage your piece to show your physicality — how you connect body, imagination, and space. Have fun!

TIP: Your program should be fully memorized, rehearsed, well-lit, supported with clear audio, and should not exceed the allotted time.


Designers/Technicians (Includes stage managers, carpenters, sound designers, props artisans, scenic painters, etc.)

Prepare a one-minute video:

A) A one-minute video giving us a guided tour of something you made. For example, it could be a prop, an artwork or craft project, a costume, or a prompt book. Show and describe details that you’re proud of. Tell us about at least one technique or tool that you used in making it, and explain why you chose that technique/tool. 


B) Record a one-minute video telling us about a time you were collaborating with others and faced a challenge. How did you use your problem-solving skills to overcome it? How did you find an innovative solution? How did you honor the input of everyone involved?

This is an opportunity for you to show us your range and passion! The video should not exceed one minute.

TIPS: You may include pictures, title cards, or slides. Your program should demonstrate preparation, be well-lit, and be supported with clear audio.

Scholarship recipients are expected to:

  • Major or minor in theatre
  • Be a full time student
  • Maintain a C average or better
  • Serve the department as exemplary citizens.

Scholarship students are encouraged to participate in all theatre performances by auditioning or serving on the crew.

Apply for an audition here.

For further information or to schedule an audition, contact Kimiya Shokri, Theatre Program Director, at