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Theatre Scholarships

Theatre scholarships at Northwest are awarded annually to New First-Year Theatre Majors (including Transfer students) as well as Returning Theatre Majors and Minors on the basis of skills, ability, academic excellence, and the availability of funds. 

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2022-2023 Scholarship Dates and Deadlines

For New Students (including Freshmen and Transfer Students)

Incoming First-Year students (including freshmen and transfer students) are invited to schedule a scholarship audition or interview on one of the dates listed below. Auditions are held on select weekdays from November through February and interviews on other dates may be possible, schedule permitting. All auditions and interviews will be completed live, either in-person or by video conference 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 and we will make every effort to accommodate your request to coordinate an audition and interview on the day of your campus visit.

We are unable to see any new student auditions after April 1, 2022 for students who are starting at Northwest in the Fall of 2022.

Audition Dates

See link below to register for any of the following audition days.

Date(s) Details

February 24, 2022

Students interested in participating in Spring Theatre Visit Day at Northwest should register online with Admissions.

In-person Audition/Interview times are available before and after the Visit Day activities at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You do not need to participate in the Visit Day in order to audition on this day. To arrange a scholarship audition, contact Stephanie Jorandby at

Free attendance for all students and families visiting and/or auditioning that day to No Exit mainstage production. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Advance ticket reservations are required. To reserve your complimentary tickets, please email at least one week in advance.

December 3, January 28, February 11, 18, and 25

Appointments are available between 3pm and 5pm on these dates. Students may choose to have their audition/interview in-person on the Maryville campus OR online via video conference on one of these dates. Use the registration form below to select the date and time which works best for you.

March 1, 2022

Theatre faculty will make their final decisions about Theatre Scholarships by this date. Students will be notified if they received a theatre scholarship shortly thereafter. Students must meet all conditions for admission and return a signed copy of their scholarship offer by the date indicated on the offer to receive the scholarship. Please be aware that all scholarship offers are subject to available funds.

After March 1, it is possible that we can still see students for scholarship interviews pending available funding. We are unable to see any new student audition/interviews after April 1, 2022.

2022-23 Theatre Scholarship Auditions and Interviews

First-Year Students (including Freshmen and Transfer Students)

Register For a Theatre Scholarship Audition/Interview

Event Details

  • These events are held on the Northwest campus in Maryville or online via a video conference.
  • You must be a senior (or equivalent) or transfer student who will start college at Northwest Missouri State University in Fall 2022 as a theatre major (Theatre Performance, Theatre Tech/Design, Speech/Theatre Education, or Theatre) to be eligible to receive a theatre scholarship.
  • If you are not available to audition on the dates listed above, please contact the theatre department via email at or 660-562-1321 to schedule an alternate audition/interview date or to schedule a video-call audition.

Audition/Interview Details

  • Students who are interested in performance should prepare two contrasting monologues (30-60 seconds each) from a published play to perform during their audition.
  • Students who are interested in design or technical theatre should bring a portfolio or samples of their work to present to the faculty committee. You will have about 5 minutes to present your portfolio.
  • Members of the theatre faculty will interview each applicant about their theatre experience, college goals, and career goals after the student presents their work.
  • Students will be scheduled in 20 minute appointments.
  • 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.

Returning Theatre Majors and Minors

Students can use the Standard Scholarship Application to apply for most Northwest and major-specific scholarships. Students will be able to complete the application in CatPAWS under the Students tab.

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