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Theatre Scholarships


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Theatre Auditions and Portfolios

Theatre Performance

Prepare two pieces, one serious and the other comic. One should be from the classical repertoire (Greek, Shakespeare, Moliere, etc.), and the other should be modern (post-1875). Each should be approximately two minutes in length or less. Each piece should consist of one character. While it is acceptable to assume the presence of another character or to edit and combine speeches, do not attempt to play more than one role per piece.

Select pieces within your range and avoid the "big moment" speeches, such as Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy or Emily's (Our Town) "Oh world, you are too beautiful." Selections should show range, and there should be contrasts both between the selections and within each selection. The pieces should be fully memorized and staged to include movement.

If you present your work on campus, you'll discuss your acting process with a member of the theatre faculty, and you may be asked to re-do sections of your audition piece to incorporate a new intention, a different emphasis, or other directorial suggestions.

If you submit your work via mail or electronically, in addition to your audition, include oral responses to the following questions/prompts: What is it you enjoy about doing theatre? Describe your approach to rehearsal and performance. You might want to talk about specific roles you have played or other experiences you've had.

Video containing footage of other performances will not be considered.

Theatre Design

Scholarship applicants in theatre design, stage management, and technical theatre should submit a portfolio of designs, photographs, working drawings, prompt books, etc.

If you present your work on campus, an interview with a member of the theatre faculty will coincide with your portfolio review.

Submission Deadlines
Auditions and portfolios are due by the same deadline as your application for admission (see for specific deadlines).

File Sizes and Types
We support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. We support the following file formats:

  • Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
  • Slide: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff
  • Document: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .wpd

Candidates are notified of their scholarship awards at the time of admission.

General Scholarship Guidelines
Writing and visual and performing arts scholarships are renewable annually as long as recipients remain in good academic standing. Scholarships must be applied toward the cost of tuition and the combination of Knox scholarships and grants and federal and state grants cannot exceed the cost of tuition. Scholarship recipients often qualify for additional need-based financial assistance, including grants, work-study programs, and loans.

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