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Scholarship and Open House Weekend


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Students typically audition for theatre scholarships during our Theatre Arts Scholarship and Open House Weekend (see more information below). We also audition at the North Carolina Theatre Conference and the Southeastern Theatre conference.

All students wishing to attend one of our Scholarship Weekends are required to use Acceptd to request to attend a Scholarship Weekend and submit pre-screening digital portfolios/audition materials (Applications Open August 15). All material for pre-screenings must be submitted two weeks prior to your selected Scholarship Weekend date. Please review the program-specific guidelines below for digital submission requirements. Upon review of these pre-screen materials, applicants will be notified as to whether they will be invited to participate in their selected Scholarship Weekend.

If neither of our Scholarship Weekend dates works with your schedule, a limited number of invitations may be issued for individual interviews (typically Fridays at noon, when we're in session). Students wishing to apply for an exception must first go through Acceptd and request a “Friday interview.”


  • November 12, 2016
  • February 25, 2017

About AUDITIONS FOR Our BFA Programs
(Performance, Musical Theatre, Design and Production)

Admission to the B.F.A. programs is by permission of the Department only. Please NOTE: All First Year students enter Catawba College as undeclared majors but may declare their selected major as early as the spring semester of their first year.

All students seeking admission to one of our BFA tracks are required to use Acceptd to submit a digital portfolio/audition and attend one of our Scholarship Open House weekends.

The Scholarships

Performance scholarships are renewable for the full four years so long as you remain active in theatre arts and maintain at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA.

Catawba offers a full-tuition Theatre Arts scholarship - The Hobgood Scholarship - that requires its own unique audition/interview process.


Digital Audition Option

Although we strongly encourage you to visit campus and get to know our Catawba Theatre Arts family, if you can't make it for a visit, you may also submit material through Acceptd for scholarship consideration.

Typical Scholarship and Open House Weekend Schedule

  • 9:00am — Welcome & Coffee
    Hedrick Little Theatre

  • 9:30-11:00am

    Performance Master Class (taught by a Catawba Performance faculty)
    Florence Busby Corriher Theatre

    Design/Tech Master Class (taught by D/T faculty)
    Scene Shop or Costume Shop

    Q&A with parents (conducted a Theatre Arts faculty member)
    Hedrick Lobby

  • 11-12:30pm — Individual Interviews with Scholarship Candidates (approximately 10 minutes)

  • 12:30-1:30pm — Lunch
    Students and parents dismissed for lunch in the Cafeteria

  • 1:30-3pm — Theatre Arts facilities and/or Campus Tour
    (Leave from Hedrick or Admissions)


  • 7:30pm — Theatre Arts Production
    (All attendees and their family members are provided  with complimentary tickets)

    **Please Note: While we look forward to hosting you for the entire day, afternoon events are not a mandatory part of the scholarship audition process.


ALL APPLICANTS: should logon to Acceptd and upload a current headshot and resume detailing both the breadth and depth of the applicant’s experience in Theatre as a whole: Performers and Directors are encouraged to include information about their technical and administrative work and Design/Tech applicants are encouraged to include information about their performance experiences. Students are also required to upload a one-page essay following the prompts listed in the Acceptd guidelines.

ACTING: The applicant should present two monologues of contrasting styles, no more than 2 minutes total.

MUSICAL THEATRE: The applicant should prepare a 2 minute audition, consisting of monologue and 16-24 bars of accompanied (cd track or live) vocal selection from the musical theatre repertoire.

DESIGN & PRODUCTION: The applicant should prepare a 2 minute presentation of designs, drawings, sketches, photos, and other evidence to support the extent and depth of experience and include a link to a digital portfolio, if applicable.

THEATRE ARTS ADMINISTRATION, DIRECTING, THEATRE ARTS EDUCATION, or STAGE MANAGEMENT: The applicant should prepare a 2 minute presentation of pertinent materials as evidence to support the extent and depth of experience (for example: sample prompt books, publicity materials, or front of house designs).