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Scholarships Letter

To: Students Interested in Theatre at Whitworth University
From:
Aaron Dyszelski, Chair, Theatre Department
Re:
Whitworth Theatre Scholarship Award Auditions
Date:
Oct. 31, 2017

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 busy year of courses and productions. We opened our theatre seasons with the powerful story of John Merrick in The Elephant Man on our main stage in Cowles Auditorium. The first of our senior projects is direction of the Tony award-winning, two-person musical The Last Five Years by Brandin Smith in our Stage II space. This is the first full musical ever presented as a senior capstone project. Students are now hard at work on the festival of 10-minute plays called Stage II Shorts, and the semester will wrap up with the Jubilation Dance Concert and performances from our improv troupe, CoolWhip. In February, two more senior projects will be brought to life. First is a fully immersive, site-specific production co-produced by three students and based on the retelling of Greek mythologies called The Nyx Project. Soon after that is the staged reading of a hilarious original comedy written by our own Mathias Oliver titled Stalled. Our spring main stage show will be Argonautika by Mary Zimmerman, author of Metamorphoses, directed by Naphtali Fields. The play is an epic adventure story based on the myth of Jason and the Argonauts as they travel to steal the Golden Fleece. The show introduces us to the monsters and sirens of Greek mythology before Odysseus ever sailed the sea. 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 Friday, Nov. 10, Saturday, Feb. 17, 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. Students are encouraged to combine their audition with an official admissions visit, including Why Whitworth Days on Nov. 10 or Feb. 16. Seniors who fully participate in a Whitworth admissions visit program are eligible to receive a $1,000 visit scholarship. Explore visit options and register online at whitworth.edu/visit.

The priority deadline for auditioning for a Theatre Scholarship Award for the 2018-19 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@whitworth.edu 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 Scholarship Awards, please note that non-dance involvement will be required for all main-stage theatrical productions.

Competition for these scholarships is keen, and we urge you to prepare now. Please email or call if you have any questions. We wish you the best as you make important decisions during this exciting time!