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Scholarship Auditions

The Department of Theatre & Dance has three Talent-based Tuition Scholarships  designated for incoming freshman and transfer students.

Auditions (for performance applicants) and portfolio reviews (for design/technical production applicants) are scheduled in the spring semester. 

Each candidate for the talent scholarship must submit a departmental scholarship application, transcripts from high schools/colleges attended and two letters of reference.

The deadline date for submittal of the application, transcripts and letters of recommendation for the talent-based scholarship is February 1, 2013.

Please note that the candidate's essay portion of the departmental application is of particular interest to the scholarship committee. 

The scholarship committee will screen the applications and then will select finalists from the pool of applicants to compete in an on-site audition. Each finalist will be given a scholarship appointment time.

The scholarship auditions (for performance candidates) or portfolio reviews (for design candidates) are scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the University of Memphis in the Theatre Building.

Often, performance audition finalists, in addition to presenting their individual audition packages, may be invited to participate in an improvisatory group workshop. The individual performance audition package must consist of two contrasting monologues and, (optional), 16 bars of a song. Any singing will be presented a cappella. The entire presentation must last no longer than four (4) minutes total.

Technical theatre finalists are invited to participate in a short interview and to bring a portfolio or any other evidence of past work to present at that time.

All finalists will also be able to participate in an informal question and answer session with the committee.  

Three full-tuition scholarships covering in-state enrollment fees are awarded. Consideration for this award includes demonstrated talent in the selected area of concentration, good academic standing, evidence of previous work in the field and recommendations from academic teachers and arts specialists. This is a four (4) year scholarship.

Recipients must be full-time theatre majors and maintain a 2.8 GPA, perform 30 hours of work per semester in the department, and be active participants in their program.   Interested students can download an application from this site or can contact Kristin Shupe at 901-678-2523 to have one sent to you.       

Departmental Application

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