The Senior Scholarship for Theatre Making rewards the excellence of senior Thespians whose passion for theatre lies in areas outside the crafts of performance, education, or technical theatre & design. Career/education paths could include: directing, playwriting, marketing, non-Western performance styles, theatre company ownership or management, or others.

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

A successful applicant will…

  • Be able to demonstrate excellence in theatre and a passion for pursuing theatre avenues outside performance, technical theatre/design, or theatre education. 
  • Enroll in a college or university as a performing arts or arts-related major or minor for the Fall term, or be able to explain how their selected major or minor supports a career in theatre.
  • 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: 500-600 word typed personal statement which includes:
    • The major/minor that you intend to pursue
    • Your aspirations and goals for your future, and how this major/minor supports those goals.
    • What benefits you have received from your theatre experience, and
    • How your involvement in Thespians has influenced the pursuit of your goals
  3. Recorded presentation
    • You have 5 minutes to present compelling evidence of any or all of the following:
      • Your excellence in theatre as demonstrated by previous theatrical experience or work
      • Your aspirations or plans for a future in theatre making
      • Your inspiration for pursuing a theatre path outside of performance, technical theatre, design, or education
    • 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 (