2022-23 CWRU Theater Recruitment Events


About the CWRU Theater Scholarships

CWRU Undergraduate Theater Scholarships

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.

CWRU Theater Announces its 2022/23 Recruitment Events!


CWRU In-Person Scholarship Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

November 18 & 19, 2022 and February 24 & 25, 2023

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the November Weekend!  Click Here to register

Please join us for a weekend of CWRU Theater!!!  Prospective students will have the opportunity to audition and/or present a portfolio for the scholarship, participate in an acting or design workshop, attend an undergraduate theater production, tour our facilities and campus, and meet with faculty and students. Attendees are asked to provide their own housing for the weekend.


CWRU Virtual Scholarship Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

Monday, February 20 – Virtual Auditions and Interviews

If you are unable to make it to campus for one of our theater weekends, we will be holding virtual auditions and portfolio reviews on President’s Day.  


Registration for all events will open soon.  If you would like to be notified when registration opens and to be added to our mailing list, please email: christopher.bohan@case.edu


NEW FOR 2023 Applicants: all CWRU theater scholarship applicants MUST submit their application materials to the Arts Supplement Section of their CWRU application. 

About the CWRU Theater Scholarships


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, the student must declare theater as a major by the end of their freshman year, as well as maintain the stipulated GPA.


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, design, or technical capacity on an annual basis, as well as maintain the stipulated GPA.



    • Apply to CWRU by January 15, 2023
    • Submit all Theater Application Materials to Arts Supplement portion of your CWRU application
    •        – To download the 2023 CWRU Theater Scholarship Application CLICK HERE
    •        – For instruction on how to access the Arts Supplement CLICK HERE
  • Attend an in-person or virtual theater scholarship event to audition and/or present your portfolio
  • The audition and portfolio presentation process is for scholarship eligibility only.  If you are admitted to CWRU and want to study theater, but do not receive one of the theater scholarships, you are welcome to study theater with us! 
  • Applicants may present material for multiple disciplines
  • Transfer students, or people who have already completed an undergraduate degree, are not eligible for the scholarship.


    1. Students applying for the theater scholarship must submit the 2023 CWRU Theater Scholarship Application with their submission. Please email Christopher.bohan@case.edu to request the application.
    1. Students must submit all submission materials to the Arts Supplement section of the CWRU Application.  Materials must include the Theater Scholarship Application, along with materials for their discipline. CLICK HERE for Arts Supplement instructions. Students may submit for more than one discipline. See list below for requirements for each discipline.


Acting: Candidates interested in focusing on the acting concentration are asked to select, memorize, and prepare ONE monologue of their choosing. Selection can be from a contemporary or classic play and should not exceed two minutes in length. You may also prepare and present 16 bars of a musical, but this is not required. There will not be an accompanist, so you may sing a cappella or with a device. For Arts Supplement, please upload your videos, or submit links to your videos with your CWRU Theater Application.


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. For Arts Supplement, please upload any documents and/or photos that represent your work.


Dramatic Writing/Playwriting: Students interested in the dramatic writing/playwriting concentration should submit a 10 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. For arts supplement, please upload your 10 page sample.


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.  Please upload your presentation and or links to the Arts Supplement in ONE pdf document.


Design: For the design concentration scholarships, a portfolio demonstrating skills in theater is required (which can include some or all of the following: renderings, sketches, paperwork, scale drawings, production photos, etc.).  Students may also include experience in a related field, such as art, architecture, cosplay, graphics, or photography. The portfolio may be in scrapbook format or on an online platform. 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. Please upload your presentation and or links to the Arts Supplement in ONE pdf document.



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 general scholarship information, and auditions/interviews for actors/directors, contact:

Professor Christopher Bohan at 216-368-6097 or christopher.bohan@case.edu


For design/technical theater portfolios/interviews, contact:

Professor Angelina Herin at 216-368-2856 or angelina.herin@case.edu