Evelyn Anderson Theatre and Dance Scholarship$500-$6,000 annually ($2,000-$24,000 over four years)

The Anderson Scholarship recognizes students of promise in the fields of dance and/or theatre. The scholarship is awarded by audition and interview to students who have significant potential in the areas of study offered by the Department of Theatre and Dance. 

To Apply:

Students may apply for the Theatre and Dance Scholarship after applying for admission and receiving access to their Gustavus Applicant Portal.

Early Action Applicants: December 8, 2023 - deadline for Theatre and Dance Scholarship applications. Please watch your email for further instructions on completing the scholarship process.

Rolling Admission Applicants: February 8, 2024 - deadline for Theatre and Dance Scholarship applications. Please watch your email for details regarding your audition process.

To Audition:

All auditions will take place virtually. Please ensure your entire body is visible in your recorded auditions.

Acting/Directing Applicants:

Your recorded audition should include:

  • Two monologues from any genre.

Dance Applicants: The department strongly prefers instrumental music only (music without lyrics).

Your recorded audition should include:

  • Solo, 2-minutes in length, in any form or style
  • Improvisation, 45-60 seconds in length
  • Learn and perform to the best of your ability this posted dance combination. Back view for reference.

Technical Theatre Applicants: Upload 1-3 examples of your work (this can include plans, drafts, photos, or programs).

To Maintain:

Anderson Scholars are required to participate in the activities of the theatre and dance department each semester they are on campus and enrolled in courses. Requirements are as follows:

1. A course with the T/D designation is required for one semester of each year a student holds the scholarship.

2. Serving on at least one running crew for any Mainstage Theatre or Dance production is required every academic year.

3. If numbers 1 and 2 above take place in the same semester, participation is required in the other semester. Examples of participation could include: 

  • Taking a class in the Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Performing/rehearsing in a faculty-directed production 
  • Performing in an approved student-directed production
  • Working in the costume or scenery shop or theatre/dance office (includes student employment)
  • Serving on a running crew for a department production

Students do not need to major within the department to qualify for or maintain the scholarship.

The Application for Admission opened on August 1, 2023. Please contact Molly Smerillo (mollysmerillo@gustavus.edu) with any questions on the Theatre and Dance Scholarship.