Theatre Talent Scholarship


Whittier College is pleased that you are interested in competing for a Theatre Talent Scholarship.

Please visit the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts page to learn more about theatre and communications studies at Whittier College.

CCC Advantage and International students are not eligible to receive Talent Scholarships.

Participation Requirements

Talent scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous study at Whittier College provided that the recipient meets the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 units per semester)
  • Participate in at least two Theatre Arts Department main season productions as an actor or a technician
  • Complete at least three credits in Theatre per year
  • Remain in good academic standing with the College, minimum 2.0 GPA

Although not required, most Talent Scholarship recipients will opt to declare and fulfill a Theatre minor. Visit the Theatre Arts page for more information on the Theatre major and minor.

Application Process

  • Audition (Actors Only): see directions below
  • Headshot (Actors Only): in JPG format
  • Theatre Instructor Recommendation: Ask a theatre teacher, director, or private theatre instructor to agree to submit the online Theatre Instructor Recommendation. The Instructor Recommendation is due on the same date as your Talent Scholarship Application, so it is critical that you start this process early to provide your instructor with sufficient lead time.
  • Tech Portfolio (Tech Only): After submitting the Talent Application, you must get in contact with Theatre Professor Brian Reed at to discuss how to prepare and submit this portfolio.


Applicants are asked to perform one monologue, 2 to 2.5 minutes in length, from a theatrical play of their choice. Film monologues are not accepted. Applicants are recommended to avoid extreme characterizations so that their personal essence may be conveyed. Simple hand props are encouraged, however, costumes and elaborate props are not appropriate.

YouTube Auditions

To submit your video audition, you will copy its link into your application form. Therefore, you must be prepared to submit this by the application deadline - not the live audition date.

  • Make sure that your video is not set to Private
  • You may set the video to Unlisted to prevent unauthorized viewers
  • Title your video “Whittier Theatre Audition: [First and Last Name]”
  • Indicate the play your monologue comes from in the video description

Submissions of reels, footage from production work, live public performances, etc., will not be accepted. Videos must be monologues adhering to the same guidelines as in-person auditions.

We want to get to know each candidate, so please take a few minutes after your video monologue to tell the Scholarship Committee about yourself--your theatre background, what you like about it, your future life and/or career plans, etc. Be direct and informal. 


There are two deadlines to consider when applying for a Talent Scholarship:

Early Action: January 14

Regular Decision: March 4

You must be a Whittier College applicant to be eligible for these Scholarships. Visit our First-Year or Transfer admission pages for more details about how to apply if you have not done so already.

Additional Assistance

If you have any questions or concerns, please review the Talent Scholarship FAQ