Theatre Scholarship Application

The Willamette Theatre Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship offered to applicants with a serious commitment to theatre.

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To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be accepted to Willamette University, demonstrate outstanding achievement in theatre, and plan to devote major attention to the theatre program at Willamette (however, majoring in theatre is not required). The scholarship is renewable based on annual evaluations by the faculty.


There are three requirements needed to be considered for a theatre scholarship at Willamette:

Please ensure that you have the following items prepared prior to beginning your Theatre Scholarship application:

  • Name, title, and email of your most recent drama teacher or director
  • 500-word essay on the topic: “What do you think 21st Century theatre will look like in the next 20 years, and what do you hope your role will be in creating that new theatre?”
  • Your headshot
  • Your current theatre resume
  • Your digital audition or portfolio

Audition & Portfolio Review

At this time we are only accepting video auditions which must be uploaded to a video sharing site and provided at the time of application submission. Please have your link ready prior to beginning the application.

Auditioning for the Scholarship

The audition must consist of:

  • 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.
  • For design/technical students: Please assemble a portfolio of your work which you will have fifteen minutes to present to the faculty during an interview to be scheduled after applications have been reviewed.

Interview with the faculty:

  • Finalists will be sent an email to schedule an interview after submitting both your Theatre Scholarship Application and your Common Application. Interviews will be used to gain a more complete understanding of your experience, and to provide an opportunity to get to know Theatre Department faculty.

Digital Video Audition Details

  • Digital video auditions may be posted to a variety of online platforms (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo), and must be unlocked and available to faculty reviewers.

Requirements & Expectations for Scholarship Holders

Theatre Scholarship Agreement

Theatre Scholarship recipients are expected to read and understand the following expectations:

  1. 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 but is not limited to poster routes and focus calls. Students are expected to be on time. One unexcused absence will jeopardize the continuation of the scholarship.
  2. Significant involvement in each main stage production each semester is required of all scholarship students. 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 production roles by the faculty. It is the student's responsibility to check with the Production Stage Manager to confirm their assignments to crew positions.
  3. Scholarship students are expected to be personally responsible for arranging their own schedules to ensure that they are available to fulfill their departmental scholarship obligations.
  4. All scholarship students are expected to read daily notices sent out via WISE, email, or posted on the department call board in front of the greenroom. These are the places where all department announcements of events and required activities will be posted.
  5. All scholarship students will meet with the theatre faculty for review at the end of the year. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained.
    1. During your first 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. Additionally, first-year scholarship students will meet with the theatre faculty at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
    2. First-year scholarship students will be registered in the fall for either Acting I and Voice for the Stage, or for Stagecraft I, depending on whether you were granted your scholarship based on an audition or a portfolio presentation.
  7. Theatre scholarship students are required to be enrolled in one theatre class each semester.

A failure to comply consistently with the above requirements will result in probation and ultimate loss of scholarship. As with any job consistent communication with your supervisors is key. The information in this agreement can be found in the Theatre Student Handbook.

Apply for a Theatre Scholarship

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How to Apply

Please review all instructions for the audition process on this page before proceeding with the application.

Apply for a Theatre Scholarship

Priority Submission Deadline

Registration for all talent scholarships has passed, please contact the Office of Admission for more information.


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

Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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