Theatre Talent Scholarship

Whittier College is pleased that you are interested in competing for a Theatre Talent Scholarship.

Please visit the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts page to learn more about the department's offerings.

Application Requirements

  • Audition (Actors Only): see directions below
  • Headshot in JPEG format
  • Theatre Instructor Recommendation: Ask a theatre teacher, director, or private theatre instructor to agree to submit this recommendation. Make sure you have their current email address. You will input your instructor’s name and email into the application form. After you submit, we will contact your instructor directly with instructions for how to complete and submit your recommendation online. 
  • After you have collected the above requirements, click the link at the bottom of this page to complete the application.
  • Tech Portfolio (Tech Only): After submitting the Talent Application, you will be put in contact with Theatre Professor Brian Reed to discuss additional details.


All students who are considering applying for a Talent Scholarship must first be admitted to Whittier College. Therefore, it is recommended that students apply early to ensure that all documents are completed and submitted by the posted deadlines. 

Incoming First Years

The application is closed for Fall 2019. Deadlines for Fall 2020 are to be determined, however, you can expect the application deadline and live auditions to take place in late February or early March 2020.

Incoming Transfer Students – Fall 2019

Transfer Talent applications for Fall 2019 are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact for more information.

All Incoming Students – Spring 2020

Application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019

Instructor recommendation deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019


It is preferred that incoming first-year students audition in person. The live audition date for the Fall 2020 term is to be determined, however, it will likely take place in late February or early March 2020. 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.

YouTube Auditions

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.

  • Make sure that your video is NOT set to Private
  • You may set the video to Unlisted to prevent unauthorized viewers
  • Title your video “Whittier Theatre Audition: [First and Last Name]”
  • Indicate the play your monologue comes from in the video description

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. 

Participation Requirements

Talent scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous study at Whittier College provided that the recipient meets the following requirements: 

  • Participate in at least two Theatre Arts Department main season productions as an actor or a technician
  • Complete at least three credits in Theatre per year
  • Remain in good academic standing with the College

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


The Talent Scholarship is currently closed to incoming first years for Fall 2019. Transfer applications are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis; please email us to request access to the application form. Break a leg! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please review the Talent Scholarship FAQ. You may contact David Laine at if you require further assistance.