Theatre grants are awarded on the basis of performance ability and/or experience in the technical aspects of theatre production. All recipients are required to work in the various components of technical theatre (lighting, building scenery, properties, or costumes) and audition for main-stage productions.
The award to incoming students is $1,000 - $3,500 with the possibility of yearly increases based on the quality of work and the availability of funds. Students who plan to begin majors or minors in theatre may receive larger grants. Applicants do not need to select theatre as a major or minor but should have applied for admission to Drury before auditioning.
All candidates should be prepared to do one of the following:
- Present two audition selections of contrasting type. The minimum time for the total presentation is two minutes. The maximum time is four minutes. One of the selections may be musical. (A piano and a CD player are available. You mist bring your own accompanist.)
- Or, candidates whose interest is primarily in technical theatre should be prepared to present a portfolio of their work.
All candidates are required to submit a letter of recommendation from their high school theatre instructor, current ACT or SAT score, high school GPA, and a recent photograph. Following the presentation, candidates will have a brief, informal interview with the theatre department faculty.
Grant auditions are held in the early spring of each year.