The JMU School of Theatre and Dance offers BA degrees in Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Dance, and minors in Theatre and Dance, providing hands-on training within a broader university experience. Students in Theatre have the opportunity to pursue one or multiple concentrations in Design and Technology, Performance, Theatre Education (with or without Licensure), Theatre Studies (Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting).
The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and the School of Theatre and Dance (STAD) have scholarships available for incoming students as well as continuing students in the programs. James Madison University also has scholarships that are offered directly by the admissions office.
The School of Theatre and Dance will be offering a number of scholarship opportunities for incoming students, including the "Excellence in the Arts" award. Additional awards include merit scholarships from the School of Theatre and Dance and guaranteed
admission to the Wayland Living Learning Community. Criteria for determining scholarship recipients include:
1. Talent and ability
2. Academic promise
4. Application essay
5. Letter of recommendation
In order to qualify for a merit scholarship from the School of Theatre and Dance, you must attend a virtual audition day in addition to submitting your application through Slideroom. Most awards are renewable for multiple years. You should attend one of the November or January virtual audition days to be considered for priority merit scholarship.
The above materials are the same that are submitted for the audition/interview in the Slideroom application for the Theatre, Musical Theatre, and/or Dance majors. Submitting these materials and participating in a virtual audition day automatically puts prospective students in scholarship consideration for departmental scholarships.
For university offered scholarships, prospective students should follow the guidelines provided by the admissions office
ROB CONDAS '19 - recently played William Shakespeare at the PA Renaissance Faire
and is playing Bob Cratchit in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Annapolis Shakespeare Company.
ROSS NEAL '13 – is playing Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS at the Central Piedmont Theatre.
JACOB DICKEY '13 – in his first season at Charleston Stage is playing the leading role
in SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE.
GEORGE DIPPOLD '13 – is a member of the resident acting company
at Charleston Stage, where he acts and teaches.
LOGAN TROYER '13 – recently played Muriel in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at NCCA Papermill Theatre.
OWEN WINGO '13 – is playing Ernst in SPRING AWAKENING for the Virginia Repertory Theatre.
CARLY AMBURN '12 is in the Resident Acting Company at Cumberland County Playhouse.
BJ GRUBER '12 is playing Matthew in ALTAR BOYZ at 1st Stage Theatre.
ARIELLE KOOK '12 - is in the resident Acting Company of the Charleston Stage.
COLLEEN HAYES '12 – is doing the ensemble/Brenda in the US National Tour CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.
ANDREW TREGO '12 – is playing Peter Pan for Disney Cruise Lines.
All major programs in the School of Theatre and Dance require an audition or portfolio review: