Theatre, Cinema & Dance

Auditions & Scholarships

Thank you for considering the Department of Theater and Cinema in your scholastic career! A limited number of scholarships are awarded to students showing promise in acting, musical theater, stagecraft, cinematic arts, screenwriting, or critical analysis of film. It is our hope that these scholarships express our enthusiasm for having you study with us. Below is our information on the process and note the deadline of March 1st.
Eligibility
  • Students must meet all College entrance requirements for eligibility.
  • Students will be judged on an audition and/or portfolio review and/or review of academic credentials, as appropriate in each academic unit.
  • Students must declare their major in a unit within the Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance
  • Students must make satisfactory progress toward the requirements in their major, as defined in each academic unit.
  • Scholarships will be paid out by semester, 50% in the fall and 50% in the spring (based on continued eligibility).
Scholarship & Application Process
You must follow these specific instructions to be considered for any scholarship in the Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance. All steps must be completed by March 1st.
1.
Apply and be accepted by Missouri Western Admissions.   Apply to MWSU through Undergraduate Admissions.
2.
Apply for Financial Aid. In order to receive a scholarship or departmental grant, you must fill out the FASFA form. You can do that through the Financial Aid.
3.
Reference Letters Please submit 2–3 letters of reference from a recent professor or teacher or someone with whom you have had professional and artistic interaction. Letters must be on official letterhead and must be signed. Do not submit letters from relatives or close friends. These letters may be mailed directly to the Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance or included with your application materials.
4.
2-Page Essay 2-page essay describing yourself and your high school or college experiences, with special attention to your goals and future interest in the theatre and/or in cinema.
5.
Audition-Portfolio Arrange a campus interview to audition or present portfolio materials. Please read carefully the information below as to what is required for your audition and/or portfolio for cinema and theatre.
Theatre Submissions
Those wishing to schedule an audition time or who wish to present a design or playwriting portfolio for a scholarship should contact Professor Dallas Henry by emailing him at dhenry2@missouriwestern.edu at least 3 weeks prior to wanting to visit campus. Students should apply for admission and financial aid to the university prior to their audition and have the above steps completed before arranging an interview. The deadline for auditions and scholarship is March 1st. Those wishing to audition will be asked to do one monologue and if you are a singer, prepare one song. If we need to see more, we will ask to see other material. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key and be prepared to sing acepella as sometimes an accompanist may not be available for the audition. Please be sure to provide us with any available headshots and/or resumes. Those more interested on the technical side of Theatre, be prepared to show any design samples or portfolio materials you may have. Be prepared to answer questions in an interview type setting with additional Theatre faculty members. Those interested in playwriting and scriptwriting can submit an original ten-minute play, original screenplay and/or any additional writing samples. While it is highly recommended that those wishing to be considered for a scholarship audition in person, it is also recognized that that is sometimes impossible. We do accept DVD submissions. Those wishing to audition for a performance scholarship – either Musical Theater or Acting – should include monologues and songs as required for the live auditions (please perform all your required material). You may also include brief cuttings from shows in which you have performed. This is especially useful if you are interested in dance and the cutting displays your dance talents. Please include a written explanation of what is contained on the tape along with headshots and resumes. Those wishing to present their design portfolio should do so via CD or DVD is possible. Playwriting applicants should include samples of their work. Submissions should be directed to:
  • Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance
  • Attn: Dallas Henry
  • Missouri Western State University
  • 4525 Downs Drive
  • Saint Joseph, MO 64507
Cinema Submissions
You can choose to submit a video or sound project as part of your application for scholarship. It must be submitted via a DVD or CD. Please list the project title, your role(s) in its creation and brief description of the project when submitting. Remember less is better, so give us your best work and not trouble us with looking at everything you have created. You could also provide us with samples of any creative work. The following items are examples of what can be included:
  • Writing: Short Story, Short Screenplay or Stage Play, Pages from a longer Screenplay, Pages from a longer Stage Play, Poetry
  • Photography
  • 2D Artwork: Drawings, Paintings, Storyboards
  • Photographs of 3D Artwork: Sculpture
Once your are prepared to present your materials, you must arrange an interview up to 3 weeks prior to your visit by contacting Professor Dallas Henry via email at dhenry2@missouriwestern.edu. Please be advised that you must have all the above steps completed before receiving a scheduled interview time. The deadline for interviews and scholarship is March 1st. While it is highly recommended that those wishing to be considered for a scholarship present the materials above on their campus visit, you can also mail in all your materials to the below address. Submissions should be directed to:
  • Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance
  • Attn: Dallas Henry
  • Missouri Western State University
  • 4525 Downs Drive
  • Saint Joseph, MO 64507

Scholarships

Block Theatre Scholarship
Deadline: March 1st  Western Department Aid Program This scholarship, set up by the Paul A. Block family in his memory, is an award to be given annually to a full-time MWSU student participating in theatre productions. Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major field and a minimum of 2.0 overall. Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application requirements. Contact Information: Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance, 816-271-5664
Drake Theatre Scholarship
Deadline: March 1st Scholarships are available to students participating in drama productions. Drama scholarships include a stipulation to work on at least one production during the semester and enroll in THR140 Production Participation. All scholarships require a 2.0 GPA during the student's freshman year and a 2.5 GPA thereafter. Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application requirements. Contact Information: Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance, 816-271-5664
Joseph J. Droher Memorial Scholarship - Theatre
Deadline: March 1st  Western Department Aid Program This scholarship, established with a part of the estate of the late Dottie Drake, is given annually to a full-time MWSU student participating in theatre productions. Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major and a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall. Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application requirements. Contact Information: Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance, 816-271-5664
Robidoux Resident Theatre Scholarship
Deadline: March 1st  Western Department Aid Program This scholarship is available annually to a full-time MWSU student participating in theatre productions. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the major field and a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall. Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application requirements. Contact Information: Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance, 816-271-5664
Western Excellence Awards
Deadline: March 1st  Western Department Aid Program Incoming Freshman: To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must possess a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, or a composite ACT score of 21 or higher, and must express an interest in majoring in speech communication or theatre/video. To reapply for this scholarship, an individual must: 1) declare a major in speech communication or theatre/video by the end of her/his second semester, 2) gain admission into the program by the end of his/her fourth semester, and 3) maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 of higher. Continuing Students: To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must have declared a major in speech communication or theatre/video and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. To reapply, an individual must: 1) maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, and 2) receive no grade below a C in any course within the major's requirement. Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application requirements. Incoming Freshmen should submit a 2-3 page (typed, double spaced) essay explaining why you intend to major in speech communication or theatre/video and submit a letter of reference on-line or to the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre. Continuing Studentsshould submit a 2-3 page (typed, double spaced) essay explaining why you are a speech communication or theatre/video major. Contact Information: Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance, 816-271-5664