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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 30, 2018

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 heartfelt musical, The Spitfire Grill on our main stage in Cowles Auditorium. The first of our senior capstone projects was a two show evening, including an original script written and performed by Grace Carruth and Much Ado About Nothing directed by Elisha Winnika in our Stage II studio theatre. In December, senior Grady O’Shea will premier his short musical film, Model Behavior, as a part of his capstone project. Students will also be hard at work on the festival of 10-minute plays called Stage II Shorts, and the semester will wrap up with the Jubilation dance ministry club concert and performances from our improv club, Cool Whip.

This spring we’ll have two more senior capstone projects: an original musical based on the life of Emily and Lavinia Dickinson created by our own Emily Gjovik and Alex Stroming, and an original radio play, One Night Off, written and performed by Connor Hughes and Dillon King. Our two spring main stage shows include the funny, heartwarming and sometimes bittersweet play, Almost, Maine, and our Broadway Unbound theatre and dance showcase. Never a dull moment in the 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. 16, 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 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

The priority deadline for auditioning for a Theatre Scholarship Award for the 2019-20 academic year is Feb. 18. 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 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 one 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!