California State Thespians will award scholarships to help pay for summer theatre training programs to undergraduate Thespians attending the Thespian Festival. Each troupe can have a maximum of two Thespians apply for this scholarship. To be eligible, each applicant must be a current freshman, sophomore or junior with a minimum 2.0 GPA and be an active member in good standing of his/her Thespian Troupe. All scholarship candidates must submit a completed application via email by the deadline.


Undergraduate Summer 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 appointment.

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 name of the summer training program, costs of the program, what the scholarship money will cover, what you hope to gain by attending this summer program, and how you plan to share this experience and new knowledge with your troupe.
  5. Brochure or detailed description of the program you are wanting to attend.
  6. Headshot: 3”x 5” or larger photo.



Scholarship Auditions consist of either a Performance or Technical/Design 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 own speakers and mp3 player / phone. No piano, accompanist or CD player will be provided. No acapella auditions are allowed.
  • Refer to the Festival Registration Guide for information on copyrighted material.
  • Be prepared to answer questions from the scholarship judges regarding your technical/designwork, training and goals for the future will follow your presentation.


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.


Interview: 2 Minutes

A 2-minute interview with the scholarship judges will immediately follow the performance or technical presentation.

Undergraduate Summer Scholarship interview questions may include:

  • Why you chose the summer training program
  • What you hope to gain from the program
  • How the program will benefit your troupe
  • Financial need to attend the program.



  • 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.
  • Senior scholarship recipients must send proof of enrollment with an “arts” major or minor in a college or university program to the State Chapter Director. Notify the State Chapter Director if you have questions or concerns about meeting the deadline.
  • 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