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Undergraduate Scholarships


The university has made merit-based scholarships available for first year theater students.  

For students who wish to Major in Theater at CWRU, we have FOUR FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS to offer.

We also have two $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS for those who wish to Minor in Theater, or pursue Theater as an extracurricular at CWRU.

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 interview/present portfolios (for a concentration in directing, playwriting, stage management, or scene, costume or lighting design). See specific audition/interview requirements below.

The audition and interview process is for scholarship eligibility only.  We do not hold auditions or interviews to determine admission to our department.  The only requirement to study Theater at CWRU is to be admitted to CWRU.

Hear undergraduate major Cassie White talk about how the department’s scholarships and student aid made her study possible:

How do I schedule an audition or interview?

1. Attend CWRU Theater Scholarship Weekend: Scholarship weekend gives prospective students the opportunity to stay at CWRU for the weekend with a current CWRU theater student. Prospective students will have the opportunity to audition or interview for the scholarship, as well as see one of our main stage productions, meet with faculty and students and ask questions about the program.  If you wish to be notified regarding registration for Scholarship Weekend, please email Professor Christopher Bohan at  Hear Professor Bohan speak about the opportunities in the Department of Theater, and why the program might be right for you:

Upcoming Scholarship Weekend Dates:

FALL: Friday, October 9 thru Sunday, October 11, 2015 (Registration opens mid-September 2015)

SPRING: Friday, February 19 thru Sunday, February 21 (Registration opens mid-January 2016)

2. Theater Open House: In case you cannot make one of the overnight weekends, we will be  holding two open houses during the winter months. You can visit our theater, meet faculty, and sit in on classes, as well as audition or interview for the theater scholarship.  If you plan on attending one of the open houses, be sure to contact CWRU Admissions and schedule an official campus tour while you are here! Please email Professor Bohan to register for this event.

Open House: Monday, February 15, 2016

3. Schedule an On-Campus Audition or Interview: If you are unable to attend the Scholarship Weekend, you may contact Professor Bohan to schedule a time to come to campus for an audition or interview. Individual auditions or interviews are only held during the school week. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Professor Bohan.

4. CWRU Application Video: CWRU Admissions Office is now accepting video submissions to supplement applications.  If you are unable to make it to CWRU’s campus, but would like to be considered for the scholarship, please submit a video along with your application.

If you are interested in competing for this scholarship or would like more information about the department, please contact Professor Bohan.

Scholarship Audition/Interview Requirements

Acting: Candidates interested in focusing on the Acting concentration need to prepare 2 contrasting monologues, one Shakespeare and one contemporary, not to exceed a total time of 4 minutes. You may also prepare 16 bars of any song, but this is not required.

Directing: For the directing scholarship candidates, an interview and/or portfolio presentation is required.  Candidates should be prepared to discuss previous directing projects and their directing experience and process.

Playwriting: Playwrights need to submit a play that has been written and produced as either a full production or staged reading. This could be at a high school or in the community.

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 or a related field, such as art, architecture, or graphics is needed. Additionally, a statement of intent, even if that statement is exploratory should be provided. Other materials may include a portfolio presentation showing skills in 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.

For any further information about scholarships, please contact Professor Christopher Bohan, at 216-368-6097 or