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Theatre Arts Scholarship Information

Each year the Department of Theatre Arts awards scholarships to high potential students in acting/directing and musical theatre. If theatre arts are your passion and you desire to perform/direct professionally, work for an arts organization, teach theatre arts, or be involved in any area of theatre arts, you should consider applying for Bethel’s theatre arts performance scholarship.




  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students thinking about majoring, minoring, or being involved in productions
  • Must be accepted for admission to Bethel University by December 1
  • Financial need is not a factor in determining the recipients
  • Can be combined with other department scholarships


Renewable each year up to 4 years.

The theatre arts faculty renews scholarships annually if the following requirements are met:

  • A maintained GPA of at least 2.5
  • Full time enrollment
  • Major participation in at least two productions per year (acting, stage managing, and backstage)
  • Continued active engagement in classes
  • Regular attendance at theatre productions by enrolling in THA195 Theatre Hour
  • Active interaction with one's peers in the theatre arts department

Application Procedure

Applications for the theatre scholarship require the following:

Completion of Online Application
The application asks for your academic and theatre background, and a short personal essay telling about your interest in pursuing theatre as a major and career or as an active non-major participant in theatre. 

Audition Guidelines 
We would like to review a 60-second monologue of your choice. In the application, please provide a web link to a video recording of yourself. If interested in musical theatre, please also include a link to a recording of you singing a verse or chorus of a musical number.

  • Choose a well-known playwright
  • Memorize the monologue
  • Focus the camera on your face and upper body
  • No excerpts from performance recordings

Letter of Recommendation
Have a teacher or leader familiar with your interest and contribution to theatre write a letter of recommendation on your behalf and email it to the Bethel University Theatre Department at theatre-arts@bethel.edu no later than December 1.

If you miss the deadline, please contact Meg Zauner in the Department of Theatre Arts for information on a deadline extension at 651.638.6477.

More from Theatre Arts

Bethel Theatre Productions

View the schedule of upcoming performing and visual arts events at Bethel.

Past Production Photos

View the galleries of past Bethel Theatre productions.

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