At Festival, selected Thespians who are graduating seniors can audition for more than $35,000 in scholarships offered by the International Thespian Society.
Registering for auditions
- Students must be registered for scholarship auditions on the Festival registration site.
- Students must complete a scholarship audition application and submit via Acceptd, along with the $46 application fee.
- No more than two students per troupe may register for Thespian scholarships.
- Students must have a 2.7 GPA or higher to audition.
How to apply using Acceptd:
- Visit getacceptd.com.
- Create a profile by entering your email address, a password, your name, birth date, and interests.
- Click the "New Application" box.
- In the top search bar type "International Thespian Festival," or, on the left, click "Organization," then "Festival/Camp." Scroll down to "International Thespian Festival – Lincoln, Nebraska."
- Once you’ve found the Festival page, click "Get Started."
- On the left click "Select Program Group", then click either "College Auditions" (just completed junior year) or "Scholarship Auditions"(just completed senior year). It is very important that you select the correct auditions program.
- Next click "Select Program." For college auditions choose either "Performance" or "Technical." For scholarship auditions choose "Performance," "Playwriting/Film," "Technical Theatre," or "Theatre Educator."
- Next click "Apply," then scroll down and check the box that states, “I understand…” Then click the Apply box.
- Complete your application.
- You may start your application, save it, and come back to it at a later time.
- When submitting your completed application you will need to pay the $46 application fee with a credit card.
Completed applications must be submitted by May 1, 2017. No registrations or applications will be accepted after May 1.
Audition time assignment
Auditioners arriving on campus should report to the Auditions table in the Lied Center lobby to schedule their audition date and time. Thespian scholarship auditions will take place at the following times:
Performance auditions: Tuesday - Thursday, 1:30 - 6:00pm.
Technical auditions: Wednesday, 1:30 - 6:00pm.
Callbacks, Friday, 1:30 - 6:00pm.
At the audition
- Dress neatly. No costumes.
- Bring any sheet music, presentation aids, hand props, or other materials.
- No recorded music or a capella singing will be permitted.
- When preparing monologues, avoid selections with dialects or accents, or any classical material.
- Bring hard copy résumés and headshots to Festival to distribute to judges.
- Arrive ten minutes early for your audition; you will be allowed to leave as soon as you finish.
Time limits for Thespian Scholarship presentations:
Two minutes for performers, plus interviews.
Five minutes for technicians, plus interviews.
Five minutes for theatre educators, plus interviews.
Semifinalists should be prepared for callbacks. Scholarship recipients will be announced during the National Individual Events Showcase
Performance auditions must:
Be two minutes long. Time will be called at two minutes.
Be solo presentations.
Begin with an introduction: name, school, and titles of selections being performed. Time begins when the introduction ends.
Auditioners should showcase their best two minutes of performance. This could be one monologue or song, two contrasting monologues or songs, or one song and one monologue. No recorded music will be accepted, and an accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music. Auditioners will not have time to practice with the accompanist and may not bring their own accompanists to auditions. No dance auditions will be permitted during regular scholarship auditions.
Auditioners will not receive written or oral critiques from the Thespian Scholarship panel. The performing area is approximately 5' x 5'. No special lighting will be available. One straight back chair and one small table will be provided. Auditioners may not use additional set pieces and must supply any needed hand props.
Technical auditions must:
Be five minutes long. Time will be called at five minutes.
Begin with an introduction: name and school. Time begins when the introduction ends.
Feature an explanation of the portfolio.
Auditioners must provide their own laptops. Power outlets are available.
Each auditioner must prepare a portfolio. Possible contents include blueprints, photos, renderings, sketches, models, and/or illustrations of scenic and costume designs and light plots. Poster boards, PowerPoint presentations, photos, or other exhibition materials are highly encouraged. If an auditioner has taken drafting, technical drawing, and/or visual art courses, include examples of that work. Stage management, publicity, or theatre administration auditioners should include journals, promptbooks, or marketing.
Theatre educator applicants
Students applying for the theatre educator scholarship must plan to major in theatre education. Theatre educator applicants should be extremely well-prepared and rehearsed, and are encouraged to do any combination of the following:
- Present a lesson plan.
- Present a portfolio outlining a variety of experiences and work in theatre, including documentation such as programs and photos.
- Perform a monologue or musical theatre piece.
- Produce a PowerPoint presentation and use it as part of an illustrated talk.
- Assemble a foam core display board.
- Be prepared for interview questions.
Only graduating seniors who are finalists in the Thespian Playworks program or who have been finalists in previous years may apply for a Thespian scholarship in playwriting. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their Playworks submission.
Film applicants may show a short film or an excerpt of a longer film, but the presentation must be under five minutes. The applicant must be the primary filmmaker. Film applicants must supply their own laptops to show their film. If you cannot supply a laptop, please contact the National Office.