Whitman College invites all students with an interest in theater and/or dance to apply for the President’s Scholarship in Theater and Dance. The department recognizes that not all incoming Whitman students have had equal access or opportunities to develop skills and experience in theater and dance prior to coming to Whitman. Students who apply should demonstrate a strong commitment to making a contribution to the Theater and Dance department during their entire time at Whitman College. BIPOC, LGBTQ, and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Students receiving the President’s Scholarships are expected to be active contributors to the department by participating in at least one production in the Harper Joy Theater during each semester they are enrolled as a Whitman student. By the end of their second year at Whitman, students who have received the President’s Scholarship should have worked in at least two different areas of theatre and dance such as acting, design, dance, dramaturgy, playwrighting, directing, stage management, technical theatre, production/ theater management, educational outreach, or marketing. During their junior and senior years at Whitman, students who have received the President’s Scholarships are expected to take on department leadership roles, as well as mentor newer students in the Theater and Dance Department. Recipients of the Theater Scholarship will be reviewed at the end of each academic year by the Theater and Dance faculty to ensure they are meeting the terms and requirements of their scholarship. 

President’s Scholarships are awarded to entering students in recognition of exceptional talent, commitment, and/or potential in the areas of theater and dance. The scholarship meets all of the student’s demonstrated financial need when combined with scholarships or grants from any other sources up to $60,000 per year, depending on available funds. Precise scholarship amounts will be listed in the student’s Financial Aid Award letter. Financial need is determined annually by the Office of Financial Aid Services using data from both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.

President’s Scholarship in Theater and Dance Application Process

Before you start your application:

Check the deadline dates for all portions of the process with the Office of Admissions. Here is a link to their site.

  1. Apply for Admission to Whitman: In order to be eligible for the President's Scholarship, you must apply for admission to the College. Here's a link to the application deadlines.
  2. Submit Financial Aid Forms: Both your FAFSA and CSS Profile must be submitted to the appropriate agencies if you intend to apply for need-based financial aid.
  3. Apply for the President’s Scholarship: Log in to your account to upload your recommendation letters and your resume. 
  4. Auditions/Interviews for Theatre and Dance: Once you have completed ALL of the application requirements you will be sent an email inviting you to sign up for a 15-minute virtual audition/interview that will be held on Saturday, January 30. If you are applying for more than one scholarship please be sure to select audition/interview times that allow you enough time to prepare for the second audition/interview. If you have question or did not received an email inviting you to your audition/interview by January 26, 2021 please call the Department of Theater and Dance at (509) 527-5279 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, PST, Tuesday through Friday. The deadline for scheduling virtual interviews is Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Zoom audition/interviews are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please upload all required application materials here by Monday, January 25, 4:00 PM, PST.
  5. Required Application Materials
    All applicants must upload the following materials in .doc or .pdf format:

    1. A resume of experience in theater, dance, or related skills;
    2. Two letters of recommendation pertaining to your theater experience; and
    3. Please mark the areas of the Department you would like to be considered for and upload the requirements as directed for each area marked:

    Acting
    Prepare two contrasting monologues, not longer than two minutes each.  These should be from roles appropriate to your age and experience.  Auditionees with a musical background may also present a short-sung piece or sixteen bars of a short upbeat song from a musical theater score. You will need to provide your own accompaniment via a digital player that hooks up to an AUX port.

    Dance
    Present a 3-4 minute solo (from any genre or hybrid of genres) that you have choreographed.  Music or sound files should be on a digital player that hooks up to an AUX port.

    Playwriting
    Submit two ten-page playwrighting samples. These samples should be sent at a minimum of two weeks in advance of your interview.  Coordinate submittal by calling the departmental office at 509-527-5279.

    Directing
    Present a portfolio of your work as a director and be prepared to discuss your work.  The portfolio may include recorded rehearsals, prompt books, concept statements, pre-production diaries and rehearsal prep.

    Design
    Present a portfolio of your work as a designer and be prepared to discuss your work. The portfolio may include production shots, video, audio samples, drawings, renderings and technical drawings.

    Stage Managing
    Present a prompt book from a production you have been involved with and be prepared to discuss your work. The prompt book should contain a calling script as well as other organizational paperwork such as redacted contact sheets, daily call & rehearsal reports, and run sheets.

    Technical Theater
    Present a portfolio of your work as a technician and be prepared to discuss your work. The portfolio may include production shots, video, audio samples, construction drawings, and technical drawings.

    Production or Theater Management
    Present a portfolio of your work as a production or theater manager and be prepared to discuss your work. The portfolio may include schedules, communication emails, production calendars.

    Marketing for Theater & Dance
    Present a portfolio of your work as a marketer and be prepared to discuss your work. The portfolio may include advertising materials, poster and graphic designs, programs and newspaper articles.

    Educational Outreach
    Present a portfolio of your work highlighting your educational outreach and be prepared to discuss your work. The portfolio may include documenting video, still shots, presentation materials, sample scripts.

    Dramaturgy
    Present a portfolio of your work as a dramaturg and be prepared to discuss your work.  The portfolio may include research materials, programs, written articles.

    *Upload your audition materials either as a web link or as PDF files when you apply for the President's Scholarship. If you have any additional questions regarding the audition or interview procedures, please contact the Theater and Dance Department directly at 509-527-5279.
    1. Notification of Award Status: Applicants will be notified of their award status in writing. Please see the Office of Admissions scholarship page for the dates of notification.

If you have questions about the scholarship please contact Heidi Chapin, toll-free at 877-462-9448 or chapinh@whitman.edu.