Case Western Reserve University has made merit-based scholarships available for prospective theater students. Each year, the department of theater awards four full-tuition scholarships to students who intend on majoring in theater, and two $10,000 scholarships to students who intend on minoring in theater, or those interested in pursuing theater as an extracurricular activity at CWRU.
FOUR FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS for THEATER MAJORS
For students intending to major in theater at CWRU, we have FOUR FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS to award. Each scholarship is a full-tuition, four-year scholarship (room and board not included). To retain the scholarship, student must declare theater as a major by the end of their freshman year, as well as maintain the stipulated GPA.
TWO $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS for THEATER MINORS
For students intending to minor in theater, or pursue theater as an extracurricular activity, we have two $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS to award. Each scholarship is a four-year scholarship. To retain the scholarship, students must contribute to theater productions in either a performance or backstage capacity on an annual basis, as well as maintain the stipulated GPA.
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HOW TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS
To compete for one of these scholarships, the prospective student must apply to the university by the traditional route, and also make an appointment to audition (for an acting concentration), and/or interview/present portfolios (for a concentration in directing, playwriting, stage management, or design). Audition and Portfolio requirements are the same for both scholarships. See specific audition and portfolio requirements below.
The audition and portfolio application process is for scholarship eligibility only. We do not hold auditions or interviews to determine admission to our department. If you do not receive one of the theater scholarships you are still welcome to study theater with us! The only requirement to study theater at CWRU is to be admitted to CWRU.
How to schedule an audition or interview
Upcoming Scholarship Weekend Dates:
SPRING 2017: Friday, February 24 thru Sunday, February 26
Open House Events:
In coordination with official CWRU Open Houses, we will also be holding the following Theater Open Houses:
Thursday March 30
Friday March 31
Thursday April 6
Friday April 7
Thursday April 13
Friday April 14
Thursday April 20
Friday April 21
* We will not be conducting scholarship audition/interviews at these open houses.
Hear Professor Bohan speak about the opportunities in the Department of Theater,
and why the program might be right for you.
IMPORTANT DEADLINES for 2017 Scholarship Eligibility:
January 15, 2017: Deadline to submit your CWRU application
February 1, 2017: Deadline to submit video audition/portfolio
February 27, 2017: Deadline to audition/interview for scholarship
Scholarship Audition/PORTFOLIO Requirements
Applicants may present material for multiple disciplines
Acting: Candidates interested in focusing on the Acting concentration need to prepare two contrasting monologues, one Shakespeare and one contemporary, not to exceed a total time of four minutes. You may also prepare 16 bars of any song, but this is not required. If possible, please present a headshot and resume at the audition.
Directing: For candidates interested in the directing concentration, a portfolio presentation is needed. Your portfolio should consist of the following: 1) A one-page resume documenting your theater experience (directing, acting, playwriting, design, stage management, etc). 2) A 1-2 page Director’s Concept for a published play or musical that you would be interested in directing, detailing your vision for the show (characters, moods and tones, visual aspects) and what you would want the audience to take away from the production in terms of its central themes and ideas. 3) Production photos from previous projects you have directed (if applicable, not required). Candidates should be prepared to speak about their interest and passion for directing, as well as their previous directing and/or theatre experience.
Dramatic Writing/Playwriting: Students interested in the dramatic writing/playwriting concentration should submit a 20 page sample of their work in either playwriting or screenwriting (or both) at least one week prior your interview date. This can include either an excerpt from a full-length work or a combination of shorter pieces, such as 10 minute plays or short film scripts. While dramatic writing is preferred, you may also submit other examples of your creative writing, such as short stories, poetry, essays, etc.
Stage Management: Students interested in stage management should bring in their SM binders, copies of scripts they have worked on (with cues written in), paperwork related to the show, and any other evidence of skills related to stage management such as organization, managing/coordinating large groups of people, multitasking, and communication.
Design: For the design concentration scholarships, a one-page resume of experience in theater is required. Students may also include experience in a related field, such as art, architecture, graphics, or photography. Additionally, a statement of intent, even if that statement is exploratory should be provided. Other materials may include a portfolio demonstrating skills in theater (renderings, sketches, paperwork, scale drawings, production photos, etc.) and related areas (artwork, photography, drawing, drafting, computer graphics, etc.) The portfolio may be in scrapbook format. Art projects or model making could substitute or be included with the other requirements. The material should be organized into some kind of cohesive presentation, with identifying labels for references. The interviewer will retain a copy of your resume, but will not keep your portfolio. Portfolio is for presentation purposes only.
ONLINE VIDEO/PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
If you are submitting a video audition AND/OR portfolio documents, please use above requirements. In addition to the above requirements, please add a one-minute video describing why you want to study theater at CWRU.
Please submit all electronic material through the CWRU application Arts Supplement. If you are not able to submit your material through your CWRU application, please contact us to submit materials directly.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD NOTIFICATION
The department of theater will make its scholarship award selections in the first week of March. Award selections will be sent to the CWRU department of admissions. Awardees, regardless of application submission (Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision) will be notified by CWRU admissions during the second or third week of March. The CWRU Department of Theater is not authorized to notify awardees.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US
For general scholarship information, and auditions/interviews for actors/directors, contact:
For design/technical theater portfolios/interviews, contact: