College/Thespian Scholarship Auditions
The Iowa Thespian Festival offers students an outstanding opportunity to pave the road to their future. At our Festival, all graduating seniors have the opportunity to earn a Thespian scholarship and/or college scholarship to apply toward college tuition. Up to three $1,500 Iowa Thespian scholarships may be awarded to students who plan to major or minor in the communicative arts (theatre, film, radio & television, broadcasting, music, or dance) and/or an education major in one of said fields.
At our Festival, we have combined the annual Thespian scholarship and college auditions. Therefore, ONE AUDITION WILL PROVIDE YOU MANY SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!
The scholarship auditions are for students graduating in the spring of 2023. You MUST be an inducted Thespian to receive an Iowa Thespian scholarship. However, you do not need to be an inducted Thespian to have your audition materials be shared with the participating colleges/universities.
If you have questions about scholarship auditions, please contact our scholarship coordinator, Christina Myatt (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Step 1. Troupe Directors MUST register students for the scholarship auditions through the school registration form. The cost for a scholarship audition is $20, which will be included in your school's invoice.
Step 2. Share the audition information from the Festival Guide with your scholarship candidate(s). Direct the scholarship candidate(s) to the Iowa Thespian website (www.IowaThespians.org) for more details.
Step 3. Have your students submit their scholarship documents (resume, headshot, essays, Troupe Director Recommendation form) via the Scholarship Application Portal: Open Water Scholarship Portal
These are required and must be submitted prior to your student being scheduled for an audition. Samples provided on the website.
Step 4. Practice with your student! The best way for students to prepare is for you to share your experience and knowledge with them! Your students should check out the important audition tips to help them prepare.
Step 5. The audition schedule will be posted on the website and shared with troupe directors before Festival.
Step 6. To qualify for scholarship awards, scholarship candidates are REQUIRED to attend the “College Meet and Greet” activity Friday night of Festival. The event will give students the opportunity to talk with all college representatives attending Festival. If a candidate has a conflict, contact Christina Myatt before Festival at email@example.com.
Please remember: a scholarship candidate is not fully registered for Festival until they have submitted all documents AND been registered by their Troupe Director through the online registration system. Incomplete submissions will not be scheduled.
To receive a Thespian scholarship, students must be inducted into the International Thespian Society by October 15 of their senior year. Applications are only considered complete if the Troupe Director has completed the online registration AND the student has completed the scholarship registration by the registration deadline (October 15, 2021). *Only 2022 graduates are eligible to audition for the College and Thespian Scholarships.
For the Thespian scholarship, applicants MUST select which of the scholarships she/he is applying for:
PERFORMANCE, TECHNICAL, or THEATRE EDUCATOR
Watch this tutorial video to learn how to submit your Scholarship Application in Open Water:
Please remember: a scholarship candidate is not fully registered for Festival until they have submitted all documents via the online form on this page AND been registered by their Troupe Director through the school registration. Incomplete submissions will not be shared with the selection committee.
To receive the Thespian scholarship, students must have been inducted into the International Thespian Society by February 1 of their senior year. Applications are only considered complete if the Troupe Director has completed the online registration AND the student has completed the scholarship registration by the audition deadline (February 1, 2023). * Only 2022 graduates are eligible to audition for the College and Thespian Scholarships.
For the Thespian scholarship, applicants MUST select which of the scholarships she/he is applying for: PERFORMANCE, TECHNICAL, or THEATRE EDUCATOR
The following forms should be uploaded with your online application form.
If you would like assistance in creating your resume, click on the sample below.
Your audition will consist of either a performance audition or technical portfolio review which will be viewed by college representatives and the Iowa Thespian Scholarship adjudicators. Please read through the information below to help you prepare for your audition.
What to Wear
For your audition/portfolio review/theatre educator presentation, please wear professional but comfortable clothes. Do not dress in a costume or wear jeans, flip flops, sneakers or sweats. Do not wear what you would wear to rehearsals or to work crew for a show.
Callbacks will be conducted by individual colleges and the Thespian Scholarship committee. You will not receive written or oral critiques from the college representatives or the Thespian Scholarship Selection Committee.
Performance auditions must:
Technical Theatre Audition/Portfolio Review
For college technical auditions, students will present portfolio samples, and provide an accompanying presentation to further illustrate their skills and work details. Students may also provide an optional written response.
Presenting Your Portfolio:
Answering the Optional Response Question:
Theatre Educator Audition
If you receive a callback for the Iowa Thespian Scholarship, you will be asked to repeat your presentation AND have a brief question/answer session with the Selection Committee.