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Theatre Scholarship

Theatre scholarships are offered to incoming students - freshmen and transfers - and may be in addition to other academic scholarships offered by the college. Recipients may not, however, receive an additional scholarship in art or music.

  • Applications for 2019-2020 will be available by August 1, 2018.


    Incoming freshmen and transfer students with exceptional dramatic ability are encouraged to apply and audition for Theatre Scholarship, with an annual value of up to $2,000, renewable each year for a lifetime value of up to $8,000

    Eligibility and Selection

    1. Scholarship applicants must be accepted for admission to WLC at the time of the audition/interview.
    2. Scholarships are awarded to freshmen and/or transfer students beginning in fall semester.
    3. Scholarships primarily are awarded to students who intend to pursue an academic program as a Theatre major or minor (Theatre, Theatre Education).
    4. Scholarships occasionally are awarded to students who do not intend to pursue a major or minor in Theatre but who can commit, as a priority, to significant participation in the production aspects of the department.

    All scholarships are perpetual and automatically renewable, provided the recipient fulfills the following:

    1. Maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
    2. Exhibits a constructive attitude and active participation in the advancement and quality of the activities of the theatre program including, but not limited to, modeling a mature Christian character and servant leadership.
    3. And either:
      a. Participates as a member of the cast, production staff, or crew for one WLC Theatre mainstage production each semester,
      b. Or leads a specific project beneficial to the activities of the theatre program - upon approval of the faculty.

    Application Instructions

    1. Complete the online application form (available by August 1, 2018). We recommend that you review the application first so you know what you'll need to complete it.

    2. You also must also distribute the Letter of Reference (pdf) to your two references (teachers or directors) by sharing the link, emailing the pdf, or printing a hard copy. Note: Your references will return the forms DIRECTLY TO WLC, not to you. If they wish to share their recommendations with you, that is their privilege. 

    3. After you have applied, contact Prof. Jay Sierszyn ( to schedule your interview or audition, which must take place on or before November 17, 2018, for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Interview and/or Audition

    1. It is expected that all applicants within a reasonable travel distance to WLC will interview/audition on campus on or before NOVEMBER 17, 2018.

    2. For those unable to travel to Milwaukee, alternative means of completing the audition/interview process may be arranged, but it is the preference of the department for the audition/interview to be on campus. The deadline to audition is November 17, 2018.

    3. Upon receipt of the application form, the department will contact the applicant and offer support and guidance in the preparation of the audition and/or interview.

    4. Acting auditions consist of the performance of two short, contrasting, memorized monologues from published plays. The total time should be 2-4 minutes (no longer, please). The interview will follow.

    5. Non-actors present a "portfolio" of their work in presenting theatre. This many consist of photos, drawings, paperwork, etc. to best display the achievements of the applicant.