Acting being one of the most glittering professions in the world, charm young minds all over the world. Unlike past, actors with professional degrees are now preferred in almost all showbiz industries of world. In addition to acting there are also a number of other fields related to theatre that offer great career opportunities to qualified and trained professionals. Education in all of fields related to theatre is expensive, but there are many scholarships that students can get to finance theirrelated courses.
Government funding for theatre related courses is almost non-existent, but there are many private association, theaters and institutes that provide financial assistance to students pursuing a course related to theatre. Some such scholarship programs are discussed in this article.
- The Alma College in Alma, MI offers two scholarship programs to students majoring in art and design, dance, vocal or instrumental music, or theatre. The amount of scholarship award is different for both programs. The scholarships are awarded based on auditions and portfolio submissions.
- Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship program offers nineteen regional awards and two fellowship awards annually to aspiring theater and film actors. These awards are given based on performance in auditions.
- The Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarship is a scholarship program that provides assistance to students joining a course in Acting, Musical Theatre, Vocal, Instrumental, and Dance. The applicants must be US citizens and must submit an audiotape, videotape, or CD featuring their performance.
- The School for Film and Television in New York City offers two scholarships annually for students majoring in acting. One award is based on academic merit and second is based on financial need. The applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to apply for these theatre scholarships.
- The Purdue University is one of the most reputable universities providing Theatre related courses. They provide scholarships to students majoring in acting. They offer different scholarship programs for different levels including The Theatre Merit Award for freshmen enrolled in a theatre major; The Joe Stockdale/Ross Smith Scholarship, which is also awarded to first-year theatre majors; and The R.B. Stewart Scholarship, which is reserved for theatre students who have a GPA of 2.5 and 3.5 in theatre class.
More information on above mentioned programs can be obtained from their websites. Students can also search for many other theatre scholarships offered to deserving students. All of these scholarship programs can be conveniently searched over the internet.