Theatre Scholarship Application Guide

The Willamette Theatre scholarship is a merit-based scholarship offered to applicants with a serious commitment to theatre. To be eligible for scholarships, students must be accepted to Willamette University, demonstrate outstanding achievement in theatre, and plan to devote major attention to the theatre program at Willamette. The scholarships are renewable based on annual evaluations by the faculty.

Link to Scholarship Application Materials

Willamette University Theatre has partnered with Acceptd, an online service providing a convenient, integrated application process. Please click the link below to sign up to begin your application.

Submit your digital application

Application for the Theatre Scholarship consists of the following:

  • Completed Scholarship Application form.
  • A minimum of two Scholarship Reference forms, completed by people knowledgeable about the student's theatrical background, such as a director or theatre teacher.
  • For actors: an audition consisting of a Shakespearean monologue 20-30 lines in length and a one-minute contemporary monologue.
  • An optional two-minute song may be performed if the student desires. A stereo will be provided but the student should bring his or her own tape or CD accompaniment.
  • For design/technical students: please assemble a portfolio of your work which you will have fifteen minutes to present to the faculty.
  • An interview with the faculty.

Auditioning for the Scholarship:

In order for the theatre faculty to get a better idea of your experience and level of interest (and also so that you have an opportunity to get to know us) we urge you to attend an audition/interview on campus.

Scholarship Auditions for the 2019-20 academic year will be held on two dates:

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019.

We strongly encourage you to attend our spring audition days, but if you cannot visit the University on those dates it may be possible to arrange another time to audition and meet some of the faculty and students or you may submit a video of your audition or mail in a portfolio. You can reach us by email: or by phone: 503-370-6222.

Submission Deadlines

All materials for scholarship applications, including materials for a video audition, must be received by:

  • Saturday, October 28, 2018 (for Nov. 10 auditions)
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 (for Feb. 2 auditions)

Requirements and Expectations For Scholarship Holders:

Requirements and Expectations For Scholarship Holders:

  • FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS: During your freshman year you will also be assigned to work six hours a week in one or more of the Theatre's production areas. These assignments will be reviewed at the end of each semester. The assignments are in addition to any production position that is held.
  • Discipline and punctuality are very important aspects of a well functioning theatre. With this in mind, all scholarship students are required to attend designated departmental meetings, strikes, and to fulfill all rehearsal and crew commitments assigned. This includes one poster route and one light hang per year. Students are expected to be on time. One unexcused absence will jeopardize the continuance of the scholarship.
  • Significant involvement in two main stage productions each semester is required of all scholarship students in addition to your freshman scholarship hours. If you received your scholarship based on an acting audition, you must audition for all main stage shows. If you interviewed as a design/tech student you are welcome but not required to audition. Significant involvements include acting or a major contribution to technical aspects of the production. Students will be assigned their "involvements" by the faculty. It is the student's responsibility to check with the Production Stage Manager to confirm their assignments to crew positions.
  • All scholarship students will meet with the theatre faculty for review at the end of each semester. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher must be maintained.

To apply for a scholarship, please follow the application procedures detailed on our webpage at Acceptd. All application materials must be received by the date listed for full consideration. Call us at 503-370-6222, or email us at if you have questions.

More information on scholarship requirements can be found in the Student Handbook Online.

If you have any questions about the awards or the audition process, please feel free to call Susan Coromel at (503) 370-6910 or Rachel Steck at (503) 370-6271, or email or