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.

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.

Application Process

  • Audition (Actors Only): see directions below
  • Headshot (Actors Only): in JPG format
  • Theatre Instructor Recommendation: Ask a theatre teacher, director, or private theatre instructor to agree to submit the online Theatre Instructor Recommendation. The Instructor Recommendation is due on the same date as your Talent Scholarship Application, so it is critical that you start this process early to provide your instructor with sufficient lead time.
  • Tech Portfolio (Tech Only): After submitting the Talent Application, you must get in contact with Theatre Professor Brian Reed at breed@whittier.edu to discuss how to prepare and submit this portfolio.

After you have fully reviewed the scholarship requirements and collected the required application pieces, you may begin the Talent Scholarship Application.

Auditions

It is preferred that incoming first-year students audition in person. The live audition date for the Fall 2020 term will be Saturday, February 22. 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. 

Deadlines

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.

Incoming First Years – Fall 2020

Application deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020

Incoming Transfer Students – Fall 2020

Application deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

All Incoming Students – Spring 2020

Application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019

Additional Assistance

If you have any questions or concerns, please review the Talent Scholarship FAQ. You may contact David Laine at talent@whittier.edu if you require further assistance. Break a leg!