Each year one technical theatre scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student. The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.00. The applicant should be aware that this scholarship is intended for a senior student who desires to further his or her fine arts education in college or in a specialized academy. All applicants must be registered delegates of the Conference, be a member in good standing of his/her Thespian troupe and the International Thespian Society, and pay full Conference fees. 

The deadline for submission is December 1. Late submission will be accepted until December 15 and will require a $20 late registration fee. Any application that is incomplete will be disregarded.

The criteria upon which the scholarship will be judged is as follows:

40% will be portfolio review

  • Each applicant is asked to prepare two distinct portfolios that will be presented to the judges. Please see below for guidelines.

30% will be interview

  • Each applicant also will meet with the judges for a 10 minute period. The interview is a means for the judges to get to know the applicant on a more personal level.

15% will be activities, leadership, and involvement in the arts

  • For this category, each applicant is asked to fully answer the questions that appear on the application form. Please do not submit incomplete forms.

15% will be academic achievement (high school grades only)

  • Each applicant must bring a copy of his/her high school transcript with them to the registration table at the conference.

This scholarship is not a need-based scholarship.

All applications must be approved by the school’s Thespian sponsor.


Scholarship Portfolio Review Guidelines

40% will be TWO technical presentations

Each applicant is asked to present to the judges physical evidence of technical theater/theatre management aptitude in his/her strongest area. (i.e. make-up, costuming, lighting, publicity, stage management, scene design, etc.) The applicant will demonstrate this to the judges in TWO presentations.

Presentation #1

  • Applicants should analyze one (and only one) of the following theatrical works and demonstrate understanding of its technical or theatre management requirements:

    • Big River

    • Elephant Man

    • True West

    • Frogs

    • Titus Andronicus

  • This presentation may take the form of an artistic rendering, descriptive paper or any other form or combination of forms that demonstrates a conceptual yet specific approach to the tech-theatre/theatre management demands of the work.

  • This presentation must relate to only one area of technical theater or theatre management.

  • Applicants may not base this presentation on theatrical works with which they have had any previous involvement (acted in or worked on the production). Select from one of the 5 plays listed above.

Presentation #2

  • Each applicant is asked to present to the judges a portfolio and/or model that is representative of his/her actual experience in the field of technical theater or theatre management.


General Notes

  • Applicants must prepare BOTH of these presentations to be eligible for this scholarship.

  • The two technical theatre/theatre management portfolios are presented to the judges at the conference in January.

  • Do not send the portfolios with the application materials.

  • Each student will have two minutes per portfolio in order to present his/her ideas to the judges. This gives each student four minutes total to describe the two portfolios.

  • The 10-minute interview time is separate from the portfolio presentation.

  • Each portfolio must include a signed statement from a supervising teacher that indicates that the applicant had primary responsibility for the work that is represented in his/her portfolio.

  • All presentations must be self-contained. Applicants will not have access to computer, overhead projectors, etc.

  • You must bring a copy of your high school transcript to the conference. Your application will not be considered without your transcript.