Financial Aid and Tuition

Theatre Auditions and Scholarships

North Park University’s theatre program welcomes all students to participate—both majors and non-majors alike. Auditions are required for applicants who are interested in one or more of the following levels of involvement:

  • Studying as a theatre major or minor
  • Participating in Theatre Workshop(Theatre Workshop is the ensemble component of the Theatre curricular and co-curricular program. Open to all interested in theatre, but determined by audition. Emphasis is placed on continued performance development and storefront design/tech development. Majors and minors must be enrolled and participate each semester.)

Students who audition are automatically considered for theatre scholarships.

Theatre Scholarships

The theatre department offers promising students—theatre majors and non-theatre majors alike—a limited number of renewable theatre scholarships of up to $1,000 annually. Theatre scholarships are offered in addition to other scholarships and grants, and are renewable for four years. All applicants who successfully complete the audition process as detailed above are automatically considered for available theatre scholarships.

Students awarded a North Park University theatre scholarship must:

  • Register for at least 4 semester hours of theatre courses per year (16 semester hours over four years) or complete a theatre minor (20 semester hours over four years).
  • Participate in Theatre Workshop as well as both the fall and spring theatre productions.
  • Maintain appropriate academic standing (overall grade point average of 2.0).
  • Be recommended for renewal by the theatre faculty.

Application Requirements:

  1. Acceptance to North Park University. To be eligible to receive a scholarship, you must be accepted to the University as a first-year or transfer student and enrolled full-time (12 or more semester hours) starting in Fall 2020. Acceptance to the University prior to scheduling an audition is preferred, but students who have submitted an application may also be scheduled. Complete an application to North Park University at northpark.edu/apply.
  2. Complete a Theatre Audition and Scholarship Application. On the application, students should choose Design and Tech Portfolio or Performance and Directing Audition. See “Audition Requirements” below for details.

    Theatre Audition and Scholarship Application
  3. Schedule an audition. We encourage applicants to schedule an on-campus audition. If an on-campus audition is not possible an electronic application may be submitted. Please see “Electronic Application Requirements” below.

Audition Requirements:

Design and Tech Portfolio: Students should prepare the following items.

  1. A Design and Tech Portfolio including a presentation and written narrative explanation. Portfolio presentations must include a PowerPoint with two to four photos clearly demonstrating the applicant’s design and or technical contribution to the production/s. Each photo must be accompanied by the name of the production and a short written description of the exact method of contribution. For example, if the applicant helped build a particular prop or painted some detail on a scenic piece or drop—pictures as well as a written explanation is needed. Ideally presentations would highlight contributions in two different productions, however, one production is also acceptable. Portfolios should be electronic.
  2. A resume outlining design and/or technical theatre experience. Please see a sample design resume and technical resume.

    Sample Design Resume   Sample Technical Resume

Performance and Directing Audition: Students should prepare the following items.

  1. Two monologues (2-4 minutes each) in contrasting styles (comedy, drama, and/or musical theatre). Monologues must be memorized. Please see the “College Auditions” PDF courtesy of the Illinois High School Theatre Festival for some tips.
  2. A resume outlining performance and/or directing experience.

2020 Theatre Auditions and Scholarship Dates

Saturday, November 9, 2019 (Application Deadline – Thursday, October 31, 2019)
Saturday, February 15, 2020 (Application Deadline – Monday, February 3, 2020)
Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Application Deadline – Monday, February 17, 2020)

The theatre department will continue to accept Theatre Audition and Scholarship Applications throughout the summer for admission and scholarship consideration, as funds remain. In lieu of an on-campus audition, electronic applications may be submitted and must be received by March 1 for consideration. See the Theatre Audition and Scholarship Application for directions on how to upload application materials.

Sample On-Campus Audition Day Schedule*

8:30 am–9:00 am Check-in
9:00 am–9:10 am Welcome
9:15 am–10:00 am Design and Tech Portfolio
10:15 am–12:00 pm Performance and Directing Auditions
12:00 pm–1:00 pm Lunch w/ the theatre faculty
1:00 pm–2:00 pm Campus tour (optional)

*Parents/guardians are welcome to attend the welcome and lunch. A financial aid session and campus tour may also be available.

Electronic Application Requirements:

Design and Tech Portfolio*
1. Design and Tech Portfolio including a presentation with a written narrative explanation. Portfolio presentations must include a PowerPoint with two to four photos clearly demonstrating the applicant’s design and or technical contribution to the production/s. Each photo must be accompanied by the name of the production and a short written description of the exact method of contribution. For example, if the applicant helped build a particular prop or painted some detail on a scenic piece or drop – pictures as well as a written explanation is needed. Ideally presentations would highlight contributions in two different productions, however, one production is also acceptable. Portfolios should be electronic.
2. A 300–500-word essay describing your experience in theatre and your educational and career goals. Essays may address some of the following questions: Why do you enjoy working backstage in theatre? What is something you have built (or painted/lite/costumed) that you are most proud of? What did you gain from the experience? How do you hope to include theatre in your college life?
3. A brief resume outlining your design and/or technical theatre experience. Please see a sample design resume and technical resume.

Sample Design Resume   Sample Technical Resume

Performance and Directing Audition*
1. A 300–500-word essay describing your experience in theatre and your educational and career goals.
2. Two monologues (2-4 minutes each) in contrasting styles (comedy, drama, and/or musical theatre), as well as resume outlining performance and/or directing experience. Monologues must be memorized. Please see the “College Auditions” PDF courtesy of the Illinois High School Theatre Festival for some tips.
3. A brief resume outlining your performance and directing experience.

*All documents must be uploaded in Word or PDF format. Applications must be complete in order to be considered.

Theatre scholarship notifications for on-campus auditions will be communicated two weeks following each audition date and by April 15th for students who submit electronically.

Questions about the application and audition process may be directed to the School of Music, Art, and Theatre Admissions Counselor, Erin Matonte, or Director of Operations, Rebecca Ryan.

*Theatre Scholarship awards may be combined with other gift aid such as academic scholarships, grants, etc., however, total gift aid, including Federal and State aid, may not exceed the cost of tuition at North Park University.