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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Prospective Students

Scholarships/Financial Aid

NOTE: Auditions are NOT required to declare a Theatre and Dance major.

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers merit based scholarships specific to Theatre and Dance majors, which are grants that help offset tuition costs. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please complete the form through the application link on the right and submit your supporting materials to Choose your preferred time for an online Zoom group interview on either Saturday, January 18, 10-11am PT or Tuesday, January 21, 5-6pm PT.

THEATRE Acting students should prepare two contrasting monologues, one from a play and one other. The combined monologues should be no more than two minutes in length. You may also sing if you wish. The song should be from a musical and can either be up-tempo or a ballad between 16 and 32 bars.

THEATRE DESIGN/ TECHNOLOGY/ STAGE MANAGEMENT Students should send a DVD, CD or link to an online portfolio of any design or technical work you have done in costumes, lighting, sets, props, etc. For example, we would like to see drawings, paintings or photographs of props that you have made, sets you helped construct or paint, and costumes that you have constructed. If you are interested in Stage Management, please send a scanned section from a recent prompt book. When you are interviewed, be ready to explain what sort of run crew positions you have filled.

PLAYWRITING, DIRECTING, HISTORY or LITERATURE students should send written samples of work.

DANCE Dance students should demonstrate a standard series of exercises that comprise a typical ballet barre: pliés, tendus dégagés, développés, and battements. It is not necessary to show each exercise on both sides of the body, although a side camera angle is preferred for the plies, and a more frontal angle is preferred for later exercises. This assists in demonstrating your overall body placement. Demonstrate your dance ability by performing two to three minutes of choreography. This is best shown in a studio with good lighting, rather than an excerpt from a live performance where often the quality may be insufficient. If desired, an additional clip of the student in a performance can be included.

All scholarship applicants will be notified of their online Zoom group interview time by email.


Note to Transfer Students

The Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes transfer students as either majors or minors. Some coursework at a previous institution may be accepted to fulfill major requirements. Students who are interested in transferring into theatre or dance should consult with the department chair to determine whether previously completed coursework will fulfill major requirements.

What makes Theatre and Dance so special?


"As we focus on the performing arts, we gain new perspectives not just about ourselves, but about the world around us. That's why the performing arts are a great example of Jesuit social justice."
- Aldo Billingslea, Professor, Theatre & Dance

The Stories We Tell Will Shape the Future -
a conversation with Professor of Theatre Arts Aldo Billingslea

What does it mean to be an artist at a time when the stories we choose to tell, and how we tell them, might just shape the future? The nuances of choice in life and on stage are the jump off for this episode of Life Invented. Explore yet another way to invent the life you want to lead at Santa Clara University.

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