Incoming Students (Freshman and Transfer)
The department offers scholarships to encourage talented and hard working students to participate in theater at Puget Sound. We are most interested in students who are seeking a well rounded liberal arts education and a thorough background in all aspects of theater, particularly students who can participate in theatrical activity while also maintaining excellent grade point averages. We offer a one time award of $1500 to $2000 to exceptional incoming students. Continuing sophomore, junior, and senior students are eligible to apply for Course Assistant scholarships for our acting and core classes and Production Support scholarships in costume, dramaturgy, house management/outreach, lighting, research, stage management, sound or props. In addition to these, we also offer a limited number of scholarships to sophomores, juniors, and seniors for exceptional academic achievement and outstanding contributions to the theater program.
TO APPLY FOR AN INCOMING STUDENT AWARD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN THE ONLINE APPLICATION
- A ONE page resume detailing your theatrical experience. Be sure to include your name and address and phone number.
- A ONE page letter describing your intentions for studying theater here at Puget Sound - whether you intend to major, minor, or simply participate in co-curricular productions. Also discuss your reasons for coming to a strong liberal arts university instead of one which offers specialized "theater only" training. In this letter, indicate whether you have applied and been accepted to the university. Only those who have a University of Puget Sound application on file may be considered for the scholarship, and and only those who have officially been admitted can be offered theater scholarships.
- A photo (face only).
- ONE letter of recommendation from a teacher or director who can comment on your talent, work ethic, discipline, and ability to maintain good grades while doing theater work.
ACTING EMPHASIS: VIDEO AUDITION REQUIRED: HOW TO APPLY
In addition to the four items listed above, a video is required for acting emphasis applications. We accept videos via YouTube, Vimeo, or other sharing sites. Prepare one monologue of no more than three minutes. The selection must be from a REALISTIC published play in the twentieth century and may be comic or serious. If you would like, you may also prepare a song of no more than two minutes (optional). Please note that we are not interested in a video of the applicant in school/community productions, etc. You must follow the guidelines listed above. This allows for consistency among the auditioners. The URL to your video must be submitted along with your application by March 25, 2023.
PRODUCTION EMPHASIS: HOW TO APPLY
There is no audition video required for those students primarily interested in production areas such as scenery, costumes, dramaturgy, lights, props, sound or stage management. Simply send us items 1 through 4 and add a paragraph to your letter which describes your major contributions to theater production areas. No audition tape is needed for this area of emphasis. Due date, March 25, 2023 It is particularly important for your letter of recommendation to detail your theater work in production areas.
For further information: Please send us an email, or call the Theatre Arts Office Coordinator at 253.879.3330.
Scholarship applications for continuing students are due no later than March 25, 2023.
You can download the form here: Application Forms for Theatre Arts Scholarships.
Applications are accepted in the spring for opportunities include two major categories: 1. course assistants (acting pedagogues, core pedagogues); 2. production (dramaturgy intern, house manager, lighting management, props management, research intern, scene painting, sound management, stage management, wardrobe management). Read the "Scholarship Descriptions and Responsibilities" (PDF) prior to application. Each scholarship will carry an award of up to $2000 per semester and is contingent upon full time enrollment on the main campus. Special arrangements may be made for students enrolled for one semester in an approved study abroad program. There may be additional awards that may be less than $2000 per semester, but you will be advised of the award amount before being asked to accept.
COURSE ASSISTANT SCHOLARSHIPS (PDF)
The purpose of the pedagogue is to serve as an acting coach and role model in THTR 110, 210, 310.
- To attend class and serve as a role model by participating in exercises, games, and demonstrations.
- To coach scenes outside of class time, normally meeting with each group of scene partners once before an in-class performance.
Core Pegagogues provide demonstration scenes, lead acting exercises, and facilitate scene work for the THTR 275 (Theatrical Experience) or First Year Seminars for the Fall and/or Spring semesters. Please see full description in "Scholarship Descriptions and Responsibilities." Please check your schedule, and on your application note any potential conflicts with the course schedule on Cascade.
Requirements for Acting and Core Pedagogues:
- THTR 110.
- 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. or better.
- A statement that assures us that you will work your schedule around your assigned class. Be advised that you cannot ask to get out of another professor's class in order to perform your responsibilities for the class to which you are assigned. Furthermore, this represents a significant time commitment both in and out of class (45-50 hrs. per semester). You should not apply if you anticipate being too busy to complete the assignment.
PRODUCTION SCHOLARSHIPS (PDF)
Each scholarship listed below will carry an award of up to $2000 and is contingent upon full time enrollment on the main campus. Special arrangements may be made for students enrolled for one semester in an approved study abroad program. The number and type of the awards may vary from year to year and some partial awards may be made depending on the applicant pool.
- Assistant Director
- Stage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager
- House Management
- Social Media/Publicity
Students who are awarded Stage Management, Dramaturgy, and Assistant Director, and Wardrobe scholarship positions are not eligible to be cast in the faculty-directed mainstage production for that semester.
- 2.5 cumulative grade average or better.
- Full time enrollment on the main campus. Special arrangements may be made for students enrolled for one semester in an approved study abroad program.
Application forms for Theatre Scholarships for continuing students are due no later than March 25, 2023.