The Senior Scholarship for Future Theatre Educators rewards the excellence of senior Thespians who intend to enter theatre education as a career.

Each troupe may submit one (1) senior Thespian for Theatre Educator.


A successful applicant will…

  • Be able to demonstrate excellence in theatre, in capacities and roles that support theatre education as a career choice.
  • Enroll in a college or university as a performing arts, arts- or education-related major or minor for the Fall term.
  • Be recommended by their Troupe Director
  • Be a Thespian in good standing with current troupe, with a current Thespian ID number
  • Have a current email address which they check regularly; all correspondence will be conducted via email. 
  • Submit all required application materials via Open Water by Mar 8, 2021. 
  • Note that auditions and presentations will be pre-recorded by the applicants and submitted virtually. 


To apply…

Your Troupe Director must submit your name as a recommended candidate by midnight on March 8, 2021. Once your name has been submitted, you will be emailed a link to submit your application. 

Application must be submitted online by midnight PST on March 8th, 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

The following items will need to be uploaded with your application, so please prepare them in advance. Please refer to the Scholarship FAQ for important information on avoiding personal information in your application materials.

  1. Resume: one page (8.5 x 11) resume which includes performance and technical theatre experiences, training, special talents, club affiliations, honors, awards, and other theatre-related or relevant information.
  2. Personal Statement: 700-1000 word typed personal statement which includes:
    • The performing arts major/minor that you intend to pursue and why
    • Your aspirations and goals for your future
    • How involvement in Thespians has affected your high school experience, as well as your plans for your future
    • your philosophy of educational theatre and why you have chosen to pursue becoming a theatre arts teacher. 
  3. Recorded presentation
    • You have 5 minutes to present any combination of the following:
      • Teacher or leadership portfolio
      • Stage manager’s, director’s, or AD’s book(s)
      • Design portfolio
      • Video/DVD of plays, scenes or monologues directed or coached
      • Workshops or classes taught
      • Demonstration of teaching a skill/technique
      • Discussion of your motivation to become an educator
      • Other materials that demonstrate your interest in theatre education as a career
    • It is suggested that you create your presentation in Google Slides or a similar platform; your presentation should be recorded, and photos or video of yourself should be avoided. See FAQ for presentation guidelines.


Keep in mind…

All applications are scored on the following attributes. See the full scoring rubric here

  • Excellence in Theatre Practice
  • Ensemble and Collaborative Mindset 
  • Community & Troupe  Engagement 
  • Theatre Advocacy Potential


If you are 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.


When you are ready…

Let your Troupe Director know you’d like to apply for the Senior Scholarship for Future Theatre Educators. Your Troupe Director will start the application process by submitting your name HERE, and then you will receive the link to submit your application materials.


With questions…

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

Our 2021 Scholarship Coordinators are Emily Stamets ( and Marjorie Treger (