How do I avoid using identifying information in my resume, presentation, and personal statement?

Applications with identifying information such as name, school name, or troupe # in the presentation, resume, or personal statement will not be considered, so it’s important that you avoid mentioning them in your application materials. 

Here are some tips:

  • Slate with your Thespian ID#, and the titles & playwrights of the plays you are working with (as applicable).
    • Do not slate with your name, school name, or troupe number.
  • On your resume, use your Thespian ID # instead of your name as the header.
    • Do not include your name, school name, troupe number, or Troupe Director name anywhere. 
    • Names of community or professional theatres & directors outside your troupe are allowed.
  • Use the following (or similar) phrases in place of such information:
    • Your name: I, me, mine, or your Thespian ID#
    • Your school: my school, the school, our high school
    • Your troupe: we, us, my troupe, our troupe
    • Your home or school city: my city, our town
    • Your Troupe Director: my Troupe Director, my teacher, our director

We know this is a change from your usual training and standards, and we thank you for making the extra effort to ensure that the scholarship judging process is as fair as possible. 

How do I make the best self-tape of my performance?

Be mindful of your space and how you come across in the virtual performance area.  

  • The performance area should be approximately 5’ x 5’.
  • You may use one chair and one small table. You may not use any other set pieces, hand props or costumes. 
  • Clothing should be audition appropriate without being a costume. All black is acceptable but not required.
  • Slate should include Thespian ID# and title of play and playwrights of pieces, but no school, director names, or troupe number. 

How do I make the best recording of my portfolio?

We recommend compiling a digital portfolio. 

Here are the recommended steps:

  1. Create your virtual portfolio in a slide deck such as Google Slides or PowerPoint. 
    • Your portfolio may include photos or videos of finished work, works in progress, or photos/videos of your process.
  2. Record yourself presenting your portfolio using a program such as Screen-o-matic, or share your screen in Zoom while recording. 

Please do not include your face in the recording. Slate using your Thespian ID#; do not include your name, school, or troupe #.

You may also record yourself presenting a physical portfolio. Please set up the camera so that only the portfolio is visible; do not include your face in the recording.

How do I make the best recording of my self-interview?

We recommend compiling a digital slideshow to accompany your self-interview, much as you would for a lecture or class presentation.

Here are the recommended steps:

  1. Create your slideshow in a program such as Google Slides or PowerPoint. 
    1. You may include images that represent your work or the ideas you are presenting.
  2. Record yourself using a program such as Screen-o-matic, or share your screen in Zoom while recording. 

Please do not include your face in the recording. Slate using your Thespian ID#; do not include your name, school, or troupe #. 

What happens if I am awarded a scholarship?

All scholarship recipients will receive an email from the scholarship coordinator explaining the process to claim the scholarships for the program/event selected. All follow up is the responsibility of the recipient.

All scholarship recipients will receive a letter from the scholarship coordinator explaining the process to claim scholarships.

If issued a scholarship, CA State Thespians does not register you for the program/event selected. All follow up is the responsibility of the recipient.

How do I get started?

Let your Troupe Director know which CA Thespian Scholarship you’d like to apply for. Your Troupe Director will start the application process by submitting your name HERE.

Once your Troupe Director has submitted your name and email, you will receive the link to submit your application materials.

What if I still have questions?

Should you have any application or pre-festival questions please reach out to the scholarship coordinator.

Our 2021 Scholarship Coordinators are Emily Stamets (emily.stamets@cathespians.org) and Marjorie Treger (marjorie.treger@cathespians.org).