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Theatre arts scholarships

The Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts awards scholarships each year to students who plan to remain active in theatre at the college level. Students do not need to major or minor in theatre arts in order to qualify.

There are two kinds of theatre scholarships: the general Theatre Arts Scholarship and the Judith Katz Memorial Theatre Scholarship.

Both scholarships require an online application and an audition. (See How to audition)

Auditions consist of a performance or portfolio presentation and an interview with faculty. Students may bring photos or other supporting materials (programs, reviews) to refer to during the interview. Auditions are conducted in October, November, January, February and March.

As part of their applications, students are asked to attach a resume detailing their theatrical experience and training (performance and/or technical).

Theatre Arts Scholarships

Theatre Arts Scholarships are available up to $2,500, and are awarded to exceptional individuals pursuing performance, technical theatre, playwriting or criticism. All are renewable annually provided that the student has participated in at least one production and takes one theatre class each year. A student does not need to major or minor in theatre to qualify.

Theatre Arts Scholarship auditions will be conducted on Oct. 21 and Nov. 18, 2017, and Jan. 13,  Feb. 10 and March 10, 2018.

• Apply for a Theatre Arts Scholarship

Judith Katz Memorial Theatre Scholarship

The Judith Katz Memorial Theatre Scholarship is named for fine arts supporter and Augustana alumna Judith Katz. The scholarship is a $16,000 award ($4,000 annually) given to students who will major in theatre arts.

Students who apply for but do not receive a Katz Scholarship automatically will be considered for a general Theatre Arts Scholarship.

Auditions for a Katz Scholarship will be offered only on Feb. 10, 2018. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31, 2018.

• Apply for a Judith Katz Memorial Theatre Scholarship

For information, application and audition guidelines, email or call Christina Myatt, 309-794-7611.

Summer theatre: Huck, 'Luck' and Tennessee

The Mississippi Bend Players will return for a second season this summer with three productions: "Big River," based on the story of Huckleberry Finn; the Tennessee Williams' classic "Glass Menagerie"; and "Beginner's Luck" a new work by P.J. Lasker.

shelley cooper

Cooper sees life skills in musical theatre

“I would say that what the musical-theater concentration does is open doors to having skills in multiple areas — and that's what’s kept me employed since I graduated," says Shelley Cooper, a new assistant professor of theatre arts heading Augustana's new musical-theater concentration.

Shelley Cooper and class

Musical theatre is right on cue

Augustana has introduced a concentration in musical theatre, and it’s going to be a star. 

Outside the Box auditions

Outside the Box, Augustana's new sketch group, is holding auditions today and Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. in Potter Hall, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.

Outside the Box shows will consist of 60-90 minutes of short sketches and performances.

Outside the Box auditions

Outside the Box, Augustana's new sketch group, is holding auditions from 6-7 p.m.

Outside the Box shows will consist of 60-90 minutes of short sketches and performances.

No acting experience is needed. The group is looking for new faces to bring in fresh energy and ideas.

Zina Ellis: "Legally Black"

Zina Ellis, an actor, singer and writer from Moline, Ill., will perform a one-hour cabaret, “Legally Black.”