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Theatre Scholarships & Auditions

The Theatre Department aims to mature young artists in their discovery of self and vocation; expose them to the world (past and present) of the working professional; instill a foundation of vocabulary, skills and methodology; challenge them to develop an aesthetic sense and standard; provide hands-on and practical learning opportunities; and produce, at the very least, a culturally active citizen.

Waldorf encourages all students to apply for theatre scholarships, as they are available for majors as well as non-majors.

To apply, visit the Theatre Department Application.

Scholarships

  • Hansen Theatre Achievement Scholarship
    • Residential housing requirement
    • Student will audition for 3 out of 4 mainstage productions
    • Student will contribute as an actor, designer, technician or usher in all mainstage productions
    • Student will participate in all production strikes and required workdays and a minimum of two department events (typically the Haunted House and 24 Hour Theatre)
    • Student must complete a minimum of 60 hours of work on one of the production crews per semester
    • Student will take at least one theatre class per academic year
    • If the student is a Theatre Major, they must also declare their interest in one of the following theatre tracks: Performance (Acting/Directing), Playwriting, Design/Technology, Musical Theatre, Theatre Management, Theatre Scholarship or Theatre/Speech Secondary Education
  • Purple Mask Scholarship
    • Student will audition for 3 out of 4 mainstage productions
    • Student will contribute as an actor, designer, technician or usher in all mainstage productions
    • Student will participate in all production strikes and required workdays and a minimum of two department events (typically the Haunted House and 24 Hour Theatre)
    • Student must complete a minimum of 45 hours of work on one of the production crews per semester
    • Student will take at least one theatre class per academic year
    • If the student is a Theatre Major, they must also declare their interest in one of the following theatre tracks: Performance (Acting/Directing), Playwriting, Design/Technology, Musical Theatre, Theatre Management, Theatre Scholarship or Theatre/Speech Secondary Education

Audition Festivals

  • Festival Locations
    • International Thespian Festival–June 25-30, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.)
    • Mosaic Invitational–Oct. 14, 2018 (Detroit, Mich.)
    • Iowa Thespian Festival–Nov. 9-10, 2018 (UNI)
    • North Texas Drama Auditions–Dates TBD (Plano, Texas)
    • Booker T. Washington Senior Showcase–Dates TBD
    • Illinois Thespian Festival–Dates TBD
    • Missouri Thespian Festival–Dates TBD
    • Minnesota Thespian Festival–Dates TBD

Campus Auditions

If you are not participating in any of the festivals listed above, you can visit the Waldorf University campus and audition for our department in person during an individual visit or any of these events.

Video Auditions

We allow video auditions for those who are not able to visit the Theatre Department and audition in person.

To send us a video audition please visit here to complete our Video Audition Form.

Audition Material

Whether you are visiting the Waldorf University Theatre Department here on campus or sending in a video audition, we are very open on audition materials. Here are options to choose from for your audition.

  • Audition Material Options
    • A cold reading of a monologue or a scene
    • A prepared 2-3 minute monologue
    • A cut of a musical theatre piece