Remote learning to continue through Spring 2021
Please visit the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts page to learn more about theatre and communications studies at Whittier College.
Talent scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous study at Whittier College provided that the recipient meets the following requirements:
Although not required, most Talent Scholarship recipients will opt to declare and fulfill a Theatre minor. Visit the Theatre Arts page for more information on the Theatre major and minor.
It is preferred that incoming first-year students audition in person. The Theatre Department cannot accommodate live auditions on alternate dates. Students unable to attend the live audition must submit a YouTube audition.
Applicants are asked to come prepared with one monologue, 2 to 2.5 minutes in length, from a theatrical play of their choice. Film monologues are not accepted. Applicants are recommended to avoid extreme characterizations so that their personal essence may be conveyed. Rehearsal furniture is provided and simple hand props are encouraged. However, costumes and elaborate properties are not appropriate.
After the monologue, applicants will have the opportunity to talk about themselves, tour the facilities, and meet current Whittier students.
Students unable to schedule a live audition must submit a video recording on YouTube. There are no live auditions for transfer students and spring semester applicants. Instead, please submit a YouTube audition. To submit your video audition, you will copy its link into your application form. Therefore, you must be prepared to submit this by the application deadline - not the live audition date.
Submissions of reels, footage from production work, live public performances, etc., will not be accepted. Videos must be monologues adhering to the same guidelines as in-person auditions.
We want to get to know each candidate, so please take a few minutes after your video monologue to tell the Scholarship Committee about yourself--your theatre background, what you like about it, your future life and/or career plans, etc. Be direct and informal.
To ensure that students are eligible for Talent Scholarship consideration, it is recommended that students submit Talent Scholarship applications early so all documents are completed by the posted deadlines.
If you have any questions or concerns, please review the Talent Scholarship FAQ.