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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: Jan. 8, 2016

Thank you for your interest in theatre at Whitworth University. I am excited to hear that you’re considering Whitworth among your university choices!  We are enjoying a very busy year of courses and productions. This fall we produced a cutting-edge version of Shakespeare’s Richard III to near sellout crowds. In December we hosted our adjudicated festival of 10-minute plays. Two innovative senior projects have featured Katy Cole performing an avant garde piece on the Whitworth Recreation Center’s climbing wall, and Kaitlynne Tisdale in an evening of original stand-up comedy. Jan Term provides a break from the usual routine, with students exercising their creativity in our very popular scene-painting class. Our spring production will be Enchanted April, featuring guest director Jadd Davis, artistic director of Coeur D’Alene Summer Theatre. 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 to audition for a 2016-17 Theatre Talent Award is March 14. Auditions after this deadline may still be considered, depending upon the availability of funds. We would love to have you audition in person, if possible. However, if a campus visit is not an option, you may also submit your audition via DVD or YouTube. Please call Program Assistant Kim Dawson at 509.777.3707 or email her at 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, listing 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! 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!