California State Thespians will award scholarships to help with college expenses for senior Thespians attending the Thespian Festival. There are three senior scholarship categories: performance, technical/design, and theatre educator. Each troupe can submit only one senior Thespian in each category. To be eligible, each applicant must be a graduating senior with a minimum 2.0 GPA overall; have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all arts courses, and be an active member in good standing of his/her Thespian Troupe. Current Thespian ID number and current email address are required. All correspondence will be done through email. Scholarship recipients must enroll in a college or university as performing arts or arts-related major or minor for the fall term, or a major or minor related to the scholarship being applied for.


Senior Scholarship Application

All forms due 1/31/2020

Check your form submissions here!

All scholarship candidates completing the application process will be pre-scheduled for an audition/presentation appointment. Incomplete or late applications will not be scheduled for an on-site Scholarship audition/presentation.

The following items will need to be uploaded with your application, so please prepare them in advance.

  1. Resume: one page (8.5 x 11) Resume which includes personal information, performance, and technical theatre experiences, training, special talents, club affiliations, honors, awards, and other theatre-related information.
  2. A signed Troupe Director/Sponsor Recommendation.
    This could be as simple as a signed statement of support from your Troupe Director. Your Troupe Director may submit directly to
  3. GPA Verification form signed by High School Academic Counselor
    If you don’t have a pre-designed school form please feel free to use the following GPA Verification Form. Your Troupe Director or Counselor may also submit directly to
  4. Personal Statement: one page (8.5 x 11) typed personal statement which includes:
    • The performing arts major/minor that you intend to pursue
    • Your reasons for selecting this program of study
    • Your aspirations and goals for your future
    • What benefits you have received from your theatre experience, and
    • How your involvement in Thespians has influenced the pursuit of your goals.
  5. Theatre Educator Applicants only: include a second personal statement explaining your philosophy of educational theatre and why you have chosen to pursue becoming a theatre arts teacher. You may include examples of inspirational teachers, teaching experiences or teaching ideas and activities.
  6. Headshot: 3”x 5” or larger photo



Scholarship Auditions consist of either a Performance, Technical/Design, or Theatre Educator Presentation, plus a short interview with the Scholarship Judges.

Performance Auditions: 5 Minutes
  • Your presentation must be a solo audition.
  • Each performance candidate will be given five minutes in which you perform two memorized contrasting pieces.
    • For example, 2 monologues, or 1 monologue and 1 song, or 1 monologue and 1 dance.
    • 1 selection must be a monologue.
  • All monologues and songs must be from published plays and musicals. Books of monologues, television scripts or film scripts are not acceptable.
  • All selections must follow the festival guidelines for appropriate performance material.
  • The performance area will be approximately 5’ x 5’ with one chair and one small table. You may not use any other set pieces, hand props or costumes.
  • Thespians performing a song or dance audition must bring their own speakers and mp3 player/phone. No piano, accompanist or CD player will be provided. No acapella auditions are allowed.


Technical/Design Presentations: 5 Minutes
  • You will be given 5 minutes to present your technical theatre/ design portfolio.
  • Your portfolio should illustrate your expertise in a technical theatre or design area.
  • You may include photos, renderings, models, research and documentation, promptbooks, DVD, and actual work.
  • The use of live models can only be used for costume or makeup design.
  • You must provide your own viewing equipment (e.g. Laptop, DVD, CD-Rom, Projector, etc).
  • Be prepared to answer questions from the scholarship judges regarding your technical/design work, training and goals for the future will follow your presentation.


Theatre Educator Presentations: 5 Minutes
  • You will have 5 minutes to present any combination of the following:
    • Teacher or leadership portfolio
    • Stage manager’s book
    • Design portfolio
    • Video/DVD of plays, scenes or monologues directed or coached,
    • Workshops or classes taught
    • Demonstration of teaching a skill/technique, and/or
    • Discussion of your motivation to become an educator.
  • You must provide your own viewing equipment (e.g. Laptop, DVD, CD-Rom, Projector, etc).
  • Be prepared to answer questions from the scholarship judges about teaching, goals, education, and philosophy of educational theatre will follow the presentation.


Interview: 2 Minutes

Be prepared to answer questions from the scholarship judges about teaching, goals, education, and philosophy of educational theatre will follow the presentation. This interview with the scholarship judges will immediately follow the performance or technical presentation.

Senior Scholarship interview questions may include:

  • Why you chose the college/university arts program
  • Your educational and career goals
  • The benefit of being a Thespian.



  • All scholarship recipients will receive a letter from the scholarship coordinator explaining the process to claim scholarships.
  • It is the responsibility of scholarship recipients to send proof of registration, enrollment or completion to the State Director in order to claim their scholarship by September 30th of the year awarded. Requests received after the deadline will not be honored.
  • Undergraduate summer scholarship recipients must register, pay for, and complete the summer program prior to submitting proof to the State Chapter Director to be reimbursed the amount of the scholarship.
  • 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 click submit below, you will receive a confirmation of your submission. You can also use that confirmation to make any edits necessary to your application.

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

Our 2020 Scholarship Coordinator is Michele Richardson and she can be reached at