The Theatre Simpson scholarship is the highest honor that can be given by the Department of Theatre Arts. While the exact dollar amount of the scholarship is determined as part of your personalized financial aid package, the department views the awarding and the acceptance of a scholarship as the strongest possible statement of commitment between the department and you, the student. By accepting a scholarship, you are indicating that you agree with and will honor the following conditions in good faith in order to maintain your scholarship.
THE STUDENT ACCEPTING A SCHOLARSHIP commits to:
- Upholding a commitment to the liberal-arts philosophy of the college and the department by being involved in each mainstage production in some capacity with the understanding that a well-rounded experience in the theatre includes work both onstage as an actor and offstage as a technician, designer, or crew member.
- Making scholarship activities and requirements a high priority when arranging/managing schedules, with attention to the idea that theatre productions are primarily academically oriented and therefore always take priority over socially oriented organizations or conflicts.
- Recognizing that theatre productions are collaborative in nature and therefore dependent upon high quality work from every member of the company—the contribution of each person is vital to the success of the project as a whole, whether it be on-stage or off.
- Participating in good faith and in punctual manner in all required scholarship events.
- Registering for THTR 001 each semester.
- Maintaining good academic standing with the college.
To that end, all scholarship holders will:
1) Participate in good faith in auditions for each production unless a previous assignment has been made by the faculty to a technical or design position which precludes being available as an actor. Auditioning is an important means of developing life-skills and therefore is an important learning experience for all students, whether they consider themselves ‘actors” or not. Perceived conflicts during the rehearsal or performance process, do not excuse the student from auditioning, and should be discussed with the director as part of the audition process.
2) Attend all workcalls. Workcalls are a primary responsibility for scholarship students and are mandatory. There will be at least one all-day Saturday workcall (with the potential for more) for each production. If extenuating circumstances will prevent you from attending a workcall, you must fill out a “Request to Miss Mandatory Call” form. Missed workcalls must be made up. Workcalls are important not only as a time for getting a large number of production projects accomplished, but also, and more importantly, as a time for developing life-skills such as team problem-solving, leadership, and time-management, while contributing to the necessary company environment.
3) Put in a minimum of three (3) hours working in the box office per production. Effective audience service is critical to the success of any production and to the reputation of the department and the college.
4) Attend all ‘strikes’. Students will report for the strikes as posted on the tech schedule. Roll will be taken and then you will be assigned to various jobs. No one will leave the theatre until dismissed. Roll will again be taken at the end of the strike. Please keep a good attitude through the strike and work productively.