Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Scholarships & Financial Aid for Theatre Arts/Dance

Southern Utah University offers a variety of scholarships. We recommend that students apply for general leadership and academic scholarships offered through the university. For more information on these types of scholarships and specific deadlines, contact the SUU Financial Aid Office directly.

Visit the SUU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you would like to audition or interview for a Theatre Arts and Dance departmental scholarship, please call our office Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm at (435) 586-7746 or e-mail Jacque Marchant at

Dance Auditions for scholarships and placement will be held on February 4, 2017.
Placement auditions are required for all incoming students. If you cannot attend the auditions on these days, please plan to audition the first day of class to be assigned the class that is right for you. The goal of our faculty is for each student to be successful. It is also possible to arrange for an audition by attending classes on a Monday during Spring Semester to be observed and to perform your solo. Please contact the Theatre and Dance office to make arrangements.

Theatre Arts Auditions and Interviews will be held on:
Acting/Directing/Education auditions: February 4, 2017
Design/ Technical interviews: February 4, 2017

Students selected to receive scholarships will be notified by the end of April. In order to qualify for a scholarship, students must enroll as full-time theatre arts or dance majors. Students on departmental scholarships must maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average and departmental scholarships must be renewed each year. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the department to arrange for an interview or audition at (435) 586-7746 or through the Theatre Arts and Dance Administrative Assistant. Dance applicants do not need to sign up for a specific time as the audition will start with technique classes and students will be put on the list as applications are received.

Applications for Scholarship, Placement Audition, and Interview

You will need to complete an audition application form  Dance Audition and Scholarship Form or Theatre Audition and Scholarship Form. Your application form must be returned to the department a minimum of 1 week prior to the audition date.  Download the PDF form, complete it, and be sure to send a current photo and resume with the application.

  • mail it to
    SUU Theatre Arts & Dance Scholarship
    South Hall #201
    351 W University Blvd.
    Cedar City, UT  84720

If you live outside the state or region, or are unable to attend the scheduled dates, you may contact the department for options that follow criteria established by the theatre or dance program. Dance placement auditions are also conducted on the first day of class fall semester, however no dance student may register for major level courses without a placement audition.


Please mail your application, resume and photo to the address listed above. When the information is received, the Theatre Arts and Dance Administrative Assistant will call to schedule an audition time, or you may call 435-586-7746

Acting/Directing/Education Focus

  • Current Headshot
  • Current Resume
  • 2 Contrasting Monologues (not to exceed 3 minutes collectively) It is good if one is Shakespeare, but not required.
  • *Optional: 1 singing selection (not to exceed 1 minute. Please bring your own accompaniment. If you require an accompanist, it is your responsibility to arrange for one. A CD player, I Pod player and piano will be provided.  Please note this does not replace a monologue but is performed in addition to it.

Design/Technical Focus   20 minute interview (Please send your application and photo as listed above. Call for an interview time. 435-586-7746)

  • Resume
  • Portfolio

Video Audition Requirements (Send to address listed above)

  • Application
  • Current Headshot
  • Current Resume
  • 2 Contrasting Monologues (not to exceed 3 minutes collectively)
  • *Optional: 1 singing selection (not to exceed 1 minute.) Please note this does not replace a monologue but is performed in addition to it.


Audition requirements for dance scholarships are the same as placement auditions. You do not need to sign up for a time to audition. You will be placed on the list when your application is received. The process includes:

  • Two group technique classes (ballet and modern dance)
  • A one minute solo (choreographed by the student applicant)
  • An interview with the dance faculty

Departmental Assistantships:

The Theatre Arts & Dance Department offers our students the unique opportunity to apply for an assistantship to work within the department.   In order to apply for an assistantship, you must submit a FAFSA application to see if you qualify for federal work study funding.   You can do this online at

Assistantships with the department range from Scenery & Costumes to Marketing & Box Office.  If you are interested in an assistantship in the Scene Shop (scenery, lighting, audio, props, paint) you must have successfully completed the THEA 1513 Stagecraft course or transfer equivalent.  If you are interested in an assistantship in the Costume Shop you must successfully have completed the THEA 1523 Costume Construction course or transfer equivalent.