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Theatre Scholarships

Theatre scholarships at Northwest Missouri State University are awarded on the basis of excellence in performance, design, and/or technical ability, academic excellence, production and programmatic participation, and availability of funds.

Annual awards are available for both first-year students and returning students. Scholarships are available from the Department of Fine and Performing Arts as well as from the Northwest Foundation.

For more scholarships, search Scholarship Manager »

2021-22 Scholarship Application Deadlines

February 1: Deadline to schedule a First-Year Student Audition/Interview for full consideration. Audition/Interview schedule, application, and additional information can be found below.  

February 1: Deadline for Returning Theatre Majors to apply for Foundation Scholarships. Receiving a Foundation Scholarship is an honor for students with high achievement, leadership skills, academic excellence, and moral character. Apply for these scholarships at the Scholarship Manager link above.

February 1: Deadline for Returning Theatre Majors and Minors to apply for Departmental Activity, Academic Achievement, and Service Awards. This application will open on December 15, 2020.

Please note: Only students enrolled at Northwest as theatre majors during the 2020-2021 academic year who will be continuing students in Fall 2021 are eligible for Service, Activity, and Achievement awards. Theatre minors are eligible to apply for Service Awards dependent on availability of funds.



  • Incoming First-Year students (including freshmen and transfer students) are invited to schedule a virtual scholarship audition or interview on one of the dates listed below. Auditions and interviews on other weekday dates may be possible, pending faculty availability. All auditions and interviews will be completed live via Zoom.  

    If you are traveling to campus for an admissions tour and are interested in having a scholarship audition that day, please mention this to your admissions counselor when scheduling your campus visit to confirm that it will fit into your daily schedule. Next, contact Stephanie M. Jorandby, Theatre Scholarship Manager, at and we will make every effort to accommodate your request to coordinate an audition and interview on the day of your campus visit.

    You must sign up for one of the audition dates by the February 1 application deadline to be given full consideration for an award.

    After the March 5 scholarship day, students may still be seen for auditions/interviews pending availability of funding. Contact the Theatre Scholarship Manager for more information. We are unable to see any new student auditions after April 15, 2021.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • All auditions will be held via live video call unless the student is planning to audition after an on-campus tour. In that case, we will follow our mitigation safety protocols.
    • You must be a high school senior (or equivalent) or transfer student who will start college at Northwest Missouri State University in Fall 2021 as a theatre major (Theatre Performance, Theatre Tech/Design, Speech/Theatre Education, or Theatre) to be eligible to receive a theatre scholarship.
    • To set up an appointment, please complete the form below to request a day and time for your Zoom audition/interview. Appointments are available in 20-minute slots on the following Fridays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.: January 29, February 26, March 5.
    • Upon completion of the form below, you will receive an email from the Theatre Scholarship Coordinator confirming your appointment time, as well as an information packet to complete prior to your auditions.
    • Students who participate in College Auditions at participating state Thespian Festivals or the Heart of America College Auditions: The Theatre Scholarship Coordinator will contact perspective students in accordance with festival callback guidelines. If you auditioned at a festival and would like to speak to someone directly about Northwest, please feel free to contact Stephanie M. Jorandby, Theatre Scholarship Coordinator at

Schedule an Audition/Interview

Important Audition/Interview Details for Incoming Students

  • Students will be scheduled for 20-minute appointments.
  • On the day of your audition, students will present their work, followed by members of the theatre faculty interviewing each applicant about their theatre experience, college goals and career goals.
  • Students who are interested in performance should prepare two contrasting monologues (30-60 seconds each) from published plays to perform during their audition. For questions about monologues, please email Lynette Smith, Student Theatre Scholarship Coordinator at
  • Students who are interested in design or technical theatre should bring a portfolio or photos or samples of their work to present to the faculty committee. You will have about 5 minutes to present your portfolio. Digital formats are preferred (website, slide show of images, PowerPoint, etc) over hard-copy portfolios. For questions about portfolios, please email Lynette Smith, Student Theatre Scholarship Coordinator at
  • Students who are interested in Speech/Theatre Education may select the type of material they wish to present. You may choose to perform monologues, OR present a portfolio of work (design/tech and/or educational), OR a combination of both. If you are interested in Speech/Theatre education and have questions about what materials to present, please email Lynette Smith, Student Theatre Scholarship Coordinator at
  • If you have any questions about scholarship auditions and interviews, please contact Stephanie M. Jorandby, Theatre Scholarship Coordinator, via email at or by phone at 660.562.1503.

We look forward to seeing you at Scholarship Auditions/Interviews!