Scholarships offered by the Theatre Area
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BA & BFA Talent Scholarship Program
Talent Scholarship auditions for the 2013-14 academic year will be held on: Saturday, February 16, 2013 in The Hilberry Rehearsal Room (Room 4402), located in Old Main, 4841 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI, 48202.
Theatre at Wayne State University awards a number of four-year scholarships to promising young theatre students. Awards are achieved by audition and/or interview, and are available in both the performance (acting) and the production (scenic, lighting, costume, and make-up design) areas.
Talent scholarships are designed as four-year awards for theatre majors. In order to ensure the continuation of the stipend, a student must stay in residence for four consecutive years at Wayne State University, maintain a 2.5 grade point average and be a visible part of the theatre program. Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination of the scholarship.
To be eligible for an award, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Have maintained a 3.0 GPA in high school.
- Submit an application, resume and two letters of recommendation by January 25, 2013.
- Present a prepared audition or be interviewed on February 16, 2013.
Initial Selection Process
1. Fill out the application form.
It is your responsibility to fill out the application form (Click here for the application) and follow the submission guidelines
2. Schedule an audition time.
To schedule an audition time, contact Jessica Chavez at (313) 577-3510.
3. Secure letters of recommendation.
Be sure that those writing letters of recommendation for you have the correct mailing address and are aware of the deadline. The address is:
Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance
4841 Cass Avenue, Suite 3226
Detroit, MI 48202.
Should you, due to unforeseen circumstances, be unable to make the deadline, it is permissible for you to hand deliver your credentials at the time of your audition. However, please inform us by early January of your intention to do so.
Even if you have already been accepted by another university, you are welcome and encouraged to audition for and apply to Wayne State University.
Talent Scholarship auditions will be held on
February 16, 2013.
They will take place in The Hilberry Rehearsal Room (Room 4402), located in Old Main, 4841 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI, 48202.
The Audition/Interview Process
You should select, prepare and memorize two selections, each approximately two minutes in length, from plays with which you are familiar. One should be a role of the type you think best suits you, while the other should display your skills in characterization. Make sure you do not exceed your total time limit of four minutes.
You may add 30 seconds to your allotted time for a musical audition. Only select this option if your gifts are exceptional. No musical accompaniment will be provided for singers, but you may bring a CD.
Design/Tech Theatre Interviews: (costume, scenic, lighting design and stage management)
The student is encouraged to have a teacher accompany him/her and to display and discuss his/her work. Please feel free to bring any renderings of costumes or set designs, models, light plots, prompt books, production photographs, etc. If your technical theatre experience has been largely or exclusively in construction, that is perfectly acceptable. Most importantly, this is an opportunity for you and your instructor and/or parent to report on your accomplishments, interests and goals, and to ask questions about our program.
Some Tips on Auditioning
Seek materials in all cases that demonstrate your basic performance skills: clear speech, animated movement, the ability to characterize. Generally, a monologue which is in the dramatic present-tense rather than the story-telling is more suitable for audition. Soliloquies are ready-made audition selections, but are not found too often in contemporary literature. You may find excellent material in a dialogue scene with another character that, by changing a few lines to incorporate their questions or lines as rhetorical questions, will allow you to speak the entire piece to an imaginary partner. Consult your teachers for help in making your selection and preparing your audition. Evidence of imagination and preparation will be considered as part of your presentation.
- You will be ushered onto the stage by a stage manager who will announce your name.
- You will announce your selections, either before you begin, or immediately preceding each piece. Give only play title, author and character portrayed.
- A rehearsal chair and table will be provided. Do not use any props or costumes. You should be well, but modestly, dressed, in clothes that provide ease of movement.
- Place your imaginary characters downstage of you so that you work full front for as much of your audition as possible.
- Do not seek to make eye contact with auditioners.
As nerve-racking as auditions always are, remember that all watching you are hoping you will do exceptionally well.
Early Admission to the BFA Program
At the same time as the scholarship audition, student may audition for the BFA in Acting program at Wayne State University. Freshmen admitted into the BFA take the same classes as other theatre majors their Freshman and Sophomore years. Students must pass all Freshmen and Sophomore classes and maintain professional behavior in auditions / rehearsals in order to retain their position in the BFA. The BFA in Acting program at Wayne State is a rigorous pre-professional actor training program. Only BFA actors can take the upper division actor, movement and voice classes.
MFA (Hilberry Company) Acting, Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Stage Management Students:
Each admitted company member in the above areas are awarded a Graduate Research Assistantship to Wayne State University. Furthermore, all tuition and all direct fees are paid for by the department and/or the university. The student’s only monetary obligation is the application fee that is required when the student applies to the university. Certain course material fees may apply in some situations.
Stipends and benefits for the 2012-2013 academic year were as follows:
Tuition and Fee Waivers (10 credit hours/semester) $22,496
Medical and Dental Insurance $ 4,407
Assistantship Stipend $15,244