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To:       Students Interested in Theatre at Whitworth University

From:   Diana Trotter, Ph.D., Chair, Theatre Department

Re:       Theatre Talent Awards Auditions

Date:    Nov. 15, 2016

Thank you for your interest in theatre at Whitworth University. I’m excited to hear that you’re considering Whitworth as one of your college choices!  We are enjoying a very busy year of courses and productions. We opened our theatre seasons with a sold-out production of The Music Man on our main stage, in Cowles Auditorium. The first of our senior projects featured Cheyenne Gibson in an original performance piece, The Voices We Need, about diversity in the curriculum. This important presentation included a talk-back with Sociology Professor Mark Killian. Students are now hard at work on the Festival of 10-Minute Plays, and the semester will wrap up with the Jubilation Dance Concert and performances from our improv troupe, CoolWhip. January will see several of our theatre students traveling to New York City for a 10-day theatre intensive, while others on campus learn the art of mask-making. Our spring production will be the children’s classic Go Dog Go!, which we’ll be staging downtown at the Bing Crosby Theater. Never a dull moment in Whitworth Theatre!

Whitworth offers scholarships to new and returning students in any major who are committed to participating in the theatre production program. We will be holding in-person auditions on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, and by appointment on any weekday when school is in session. We would enjoy having you audition in person if possible. But you may also submit your audition via DVD or YouTube if a campus visit is not an option. The priority deadline for auditioning for a Theatre Talent Award for the 2017-18 academic year is Feb. 28. Auditions after this deadline may still be considered, depending upon the availability of funds. Please contact Program Assistant Kim Dawson at 509.777.3707 or kdawson@ to schedule an appointment or submit your audition.

Your audition should consist of two contrasting monologues of no more than one minute each. If you are primarily interested in the production side of theatre, you may instead make a three-minute presentation of your portfolio (designs, renderings, stage-managing experience, technical work, backstage experience, etc.). If you are considering a dance minor, you may substitute one to two minutes of choreographed dance in the genre of your choosing for either of the monologues. Please include a résumé that includes a list of your experiences in theatre and a brief paragraph describing your willingness to commit to our program through performance, backstage work, or other areas of interest to you.

IMPORTANT: Regardless of their majors, award recipients will be expected to participate actively in the theatre production program through performance, backstage work, publicity and box office work or through other jobs as necessary. Failure to meet the requirements of the award during the fall semester will result in the rescinding of the second half of the award in the spring. While students primarily interested in the dance minor are welcome to audition for Theatre Talent Awards, please note that non-dance involvement will be required for productions that do not include dance components.

Competition for these scholarships is keen, and we urge you to prepare now!  Please write or call if you have concerns or questions. This is an exciting time for you as you make these far-reaching decisions!

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