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Theatre arts scholarships

Augustana College 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.

The general theatre arts scholarship and the Judith Katz Memorial Theatre Scholarship both require an online application and an 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.

As part of their applications, students are asked to attach a résumé detailing their theatrical experiences and training (performance and/or technical). All applications are available online.

Audition dates

On-campus auditions (Academic Scholarship Days):

Feb. 18, 2023 (deadline Feb. 15, 2023)

• Feb. 18 is an Academic Scholarship competition day. If you are hoping to major in theatre, your audition would be your only competition that day.

• If you are hoping to major in a different field, you can compete in that field, and add your theatre audition at the end of the day.

• Anyone attending Feb. 18 will need to register separately for their audition, and for the Academic Scholarship Day.

On-campus theatre audition day: 

March 18, 2023 (deadline March 15, 2023) - In conjunction with “Small Mouth Sounds” performance. Complimentary tickets available.

Live virtual auditions:

Nov. 19, 2022 (deadline Nov. 15, 2022)

Jan. 21, 2023 (deadline Jan. 15, 2023)

Any student auditioning in-person or virtually should upload their theatre résumé here a week prior to their audition date.

After students sign up for an audition date, they will receive an email with instructions. They will upload their résumés to the student portal.

How to prepare for an audition

For more information, email the theatre department or call 309-794-7611.

Theatre arts scholarships

Theatre Arts Scholarships e available up to $2,500, and are awarded to exceptional individuals pursuing performance, musical theatre, or technical theatre. Scholarships are renewable annually provided the student participates 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 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 award can be up to $4,000 annually and is given to students who will major in theatre arts. Students who apply for, but do not receive a Katz Scholarship will automatically be considered for a general Theatre Arts Scholarship.

Bill Sensenbrenner Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2021 by David Marshall '75 and Dominic Wolocko, the Bill Sensenbrenner Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to full-time students enrolled or planning to enroll at Augustana College who will be or are majoring in theatre.

Although students cannot apply directly for the scholarship, anyone who would like to contribute to this special fund can do so. Use the Giving page link and designate the gift for the Sensenbrenner Endowed Scholarship. 

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