College and Thespian Scholarship Auditions
The Iowa Thespian Festival offers students an outstanding opportunity to pave the road to their future. At the Festival, all students will have time to meet with colleges and universities. Graduating Thespians have the opportunity to earn a Thespian scholarship and/or college scholarship to apply toward college tuition. Up to three $1,000 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 Festival, we have combined the annual Thespian scholarship and college auditions. Therefore, ONE AUDITION WILL PROVIDE YOU MANY SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!
Step 1. Troupe Directors MUST register students for the scholarship auditions through the festival registration system. The cost for a scholarship audition is $20, which will be included in your school's invoice.
Step 2. Scholarship candidates should look through the scholarship audition information carefully for all audition details.
Step 3. Students MUST submit their scholarship documents (resume, headshot, Troupe Director Recommendation) via the online form below. These are required and must be submitted prior to your student being scheduled for an audition.
Step 4. Practice, practice, practice! The best way to prepare is to have candidates and troupe directors work together in rehearsing for the audition.
Step 5. An audition schedule will be posted on the Iowa Thespians website and shared with troupe directors prior to Festival. Check out this schedule and be sure to arrive to your audition time EARLY.
Step 6. Scholarship candidates MUST attend the “College Meet and Greet” activity on the Friday night of Festival. The meet and greet will give students the opportunity to talk with all of the college representatives that are attending Festival. This is a required activity for the student to qualify for scholarship awards. If a candidate has a conflict, contact Christina Myatt (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Festival.
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 the Thespian scholarship, students must have been 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, 2019). * Only 2020 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 registration form below.
If you would like assistance in creating your resume, click on the sample below.
Students who have completed the registration process will be scheduled an audition time on Saturday morning of festival. Following the initial auditions, the Thespian Scholarship Selection Committee will post a callback list. Callbacks for the Thespian Scholarships will be held on Saturday afternoon. The Thespian Scholarships will be announced during closing ceremonies in the GBPAC. College representatives may ask to see candidates a second time. These meetings should happen throughout Saturday afternoon of Festival. Colleges may or may not announce scholarship recipients during the closing ceremonies on Saturday evening.
The audition schedule will be posted online and shared with Troupe Directors before festival.
PERFORMANCE AUDITION GUIDELINES
Musical auditions must include pre-recorded accompaniment (NO LIVE INSTRUMENTATION WILL BE ALLOWED). You may have one person (student or adult) play the music for your performance. To help ensure your accompaniment track will work, please bring your own device/speakers for your music!
There will NOT be a question and answer session during the initial performance audition. However, if you receive a callback for the Iowa Thespian Scholarship, each performer will re-perform AND have a brief question/answer session with the Selection Committee.
TECHNICAL PRESENTATION GUIDELINES
Each student auditioning in the area of technical theatre MUST prepare a portfolio that illustrates his or her expertise in technical theatre. Recommended content includes renderings, sketches, models, and/or illustrations of scenic or costume designs, light plots, drafting, blueprints, and or photographs of design work. If you are interested in stage management, publicity, or theatre administration, include production journals, prompt books, or marketing materials in your portfolio.
There will NOT be a question and answer session during the initial performance audition, however, 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.
THEATRE EDUCATOR AUDITION GUIDELINES
Your presentation should be a concise explanation of your desire to be a Theatre Educator. The presentation may include a description of your past work and future goals. Presentations should not be just a portfolio or performance 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.
If you have questions about scholarship auditions, please contact Christina Myatt at email@example.com
Troupe Directors MUST submit their Recommendation Form by the registration deadline: October 15, 2019. The link to this form can be found above.