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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:        November 18, 2014


Thank you for your interest in theatre at Whitworth University. I’m excited to hear that you are considering Whitworth as one of your university choices!  We are enjoying a very busy year of courses and productions.This fall we produced the hilarious musical The Drowsy Chaperone, which played to sellout crowds. In December we host our Festival of 10-Minute Plays. Senior projects thus far have featured Bryan Peterson in the riveting psychological thriller The Thread Men and Jasmine Pallwitz exploring the concept of dreams through an intertextual performance piece. Jan Term provides a break from the usual routine, with students traveling to New York for a whirlwind of shows and acting workshops, while others stay on campus exercising their creativity in our very popular mask-making class. Our spring production will be the haunting play These Shining Lives, based on the true stories of women in the 1930s who worked in factories painting watch faces. The paint the women used included radium, which was considered at the time to be a miracle substance, but which turned out to have deadly consequences for those exposed to it. This production will be guest-directed by renowned Spokane theatre artist Susan Hardie. 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. The priority deadline for auditioning for a Theatre Talent Award for the 2015-16 academic year is Feb. 27. Auditions after this deadline may still be considered, depending upon the availability of funds. We would enjoy having you audition in person, if possible. However, you may also submit your audition via DVD or YouTube if a campus visit is not an option. Please call Program Assistant Kim Dawson at 509.777.3707 or email her at 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, 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 lists your experiences in theatre, along with a brief paragraph describing your willingness to commit to our program through performance, backstage work, and/or other areas of interest to you.

Award recipients will be expected to participate actively in the theatre production program through performance, backstage work, publicity and box-office work or other jobs as necessary, regardless of their major. 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 these awards are intended for students who use their skills to support the theatre production program.

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!