Scholarships and Assistantships - Theatre

Current Student Scholarship Opportunities

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance has many scholarships available for majors. Students can learn more about specific scholarships (departmental and university) and apply through AcademicWorks. Students can also explore other funding opportunities through the Office of Financial Aid.

To Browse Scholarships: 

  • Login to Academicworks with your Wayne State Access ID and Password
  • Go to "opportunities"
  • Select "all"
  • Choose "Show Filters"
  • Type in your major as the keyword
  • Read the requirements for the scholarship

To Appy For Scholarships:

  • Login to AcademicWorks with your Wayne State Access ID and Password
  • Complete the General Application and Submit
  • Complete the College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts Application and Submit
  • You will be directed to the "Recommended Opportunities" where you will see "ApplyTo" opportunities and the system will determine what you qualify for
  • Select the scholarship you want to apply to and submit the application

The AcademicWorks application opens in October of each year with a March 1st deadline date. These scholarships are awarded for the following academic year.

Please note: Institutional funds such as the Warrior, Gold or Wayne State Promise awards have been funded in part by this scholarship offer. These awards may replace or reduce these funds or other institutional dollars. In addition, the sum of all aid cannot exceed the financial aid cost of attendance.


Incoming and Transfer Student Scholarship Opportunities

Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University awards a number of four-year scholarships to promising young theatre and dance students. Awards are achieved by audition and/or interview and are available in both the performance (acting) and the production (scenic, lighting, costume, and stage management) areas.

Talent scholarships are designed as four-year awards for majors. In order to ensure the continuation of the stipend, a student must stay in residence for four consecutive years at Wayne State University, maintain a 2.5-grade point average and be a visible part of the program. Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination of the scholarship. 

Prospective Theatre students are REQUIRED to participate in Theatre admission auditions. Students interested in Talent Scholarships are strongly recommended to audition prior to the final audition date.

Audition Dates to begin study Fall 2019 

  • Saturday, November 9, 2019

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020

  • Saturday, April 11, 2020

To be eligible for an award, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
  • Have maintained a 3.0 GPA in high school.
  • Complete the online registration form for an audition/interview (at least one week prior to the audition/interview)
  • Submit a completed application to Wayne State University (at least one week prior to the audition/interview)
  • Present a prepared audition and/or be interviewed on one of the audition dates listed above

Graduate Research Assistantships

Each admitted company member in the above areas is awarded a Graduate Research Assistantship to Wayne State University. Furthermore, all tuition and all direct fees are paid for by the department and/or university.  The student's only monetary obligation is the application fee that is required when the student applies to the university.  Course fees and book costs will apply in most situations.

Sample Financial Package (based on the 2015-16 academic year):

  • Tuition and Fee Waivers (10 credit hours/semester) $27,649
  • Medical and Dental Insurance $5,052
  • Assistantship Stipend $17,994
  • Maximum Month in Moscow Scholarship Award $3,000
  • Total: $53,695*

*TBD based on University protocol