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Creative Arts Scholarship

Applying for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship through the Department of Theatre & Dance

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply and be accepted to WKU by January 15th.

The WKU online application can be found here.

Please keep in mind that WKU must also receive your official high school transcripts by January 15th as part of this process.

Step 2: Complete the TopDollar application by February 1st.

Every applicant must complete the TopDollar scholarship application found here.

 

Step 3: Select the discipline you wish to pursue below. 

If you are a high school senior and you plan to major in the B.A. in Dance, or the B.A. in Theatre, or the B.F.A. in Performing Arts (with a concentration in Acting, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Design and Technology), you are invited to apply for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship through the Department of Theatre & Dance link. 

Dance

All students interested in pursuing the B.A. in Dance need to audition for placement into the program.  Your audition at that time will also count as your Creative Arts Scholarship audition.  The department offers two Saturdays each year when students can come to campus to audition.  Video auditions are also possible. Go to the dance program auditions page for more information, or contact our Dance Program Coordinator, Amanda Clark at amanda.clark@wku.edu, 270-745-2956. 

Step 4: Apply to Audition here

Step 5: Audition

There are two ways to audition: 

Attend the BA in Dance auditions at WKU

All incoming dance majors (including transfer students) must participate in the department’s initial dance placement audition process. This audition will also serve as your audition for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship.

Attending the Audition Day
The initial dance audition will consist of the following:

1) Narrative: Bring a typed narrative (maximum of one page in length) in which the prospective student describes previous dance experience and identifies and discusses future goals.

2) Recent Photograph: Bring a recent photograph, professional or informal, that shows the prospective student in 1st arabesque (side view) along with a recent headshot, professional or informal.

3) Sample Audition Day Schedule:

8:30 a.m.                  Check-in

9:00 a.m.                  Information Session with dance faculty

10:15-11:45 a.m.        Ballet technique class (optional pointe segment)

12:00-12:30 p.m.        Jazz Combination

12:30-1:00 p.m.          Modern Combination

1:00-1:30 p.m.           Tap Combination (This is only for those trained in tap. Acceptance is not
                               contingent upon participation in this portion of the audition.)

Audition attire: Bring ballet slippers, pointe shoes (ladies), jazz shoes, and tap shoes. All dancers should have access to bare feet for the modern portion. Women should wear a solid color leotard, pink tights for the ballet portion, and black tights for the remaining movement portions. No extra clothing should be worn. Hair should be in a bun for the ballet class and secured up off the face and neck for the remaining movement portions. Men should wear black tights and a fitted, white shirt.

After your audition, you will be classified as “seeking admission” into the BA in Dance program.  You may apply for full admittance into the B.A. in Dance degree after the completion of 2 semesters (transfer students must complete at least 15 hours at WKU).   You must apply for full admittance by your 4th semester and be accepted by the completion of your 5th semester (transfer students must apply and be accepted prior to completing 30 credit hours at WKU). You must meet the following minimum requirements before applying:

  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.
  • Completion of 8 hours of dance technique.
  • You must have taken or currently be enrolled in a 300-level dance technique course (ballet, jazz, or modern)
  • Demonstrate proficient talent, commitment, and a reasonable likelihood of achieving the technique level requirements of the degree program. 

Once admitted to the BA in Dance degree, you will be regularly assessed by the dance faculty to ensure that you are successfully progressing within the degree program.

For inquiries about the audition process, contact Associate Professor Amanda Clark at (270) 745-2956 or amanda.clark@wku.edu.

Or submit an audition video:

While auditioning by video is an option, we strongly encourage prospective students to audition in person, if possible. 

Video auditions must include the following:

  1. Self-introduction (Please include a description of your dance background, and why you wish to pursue the B.A. in Dance degree.)


       2. The following exercises at the barre from a side view
           i.      Demi plié and grande plié (1st, 2nd, and 5th positions)
           ii.      Tendu – en croix (from 5th position)
           iii.      Dégagé – 4 en croix (from 5th position)
           iv.      Développé – 2 en croix
           v.      Passé rélevé and balance
           vi.      Grand Battement – 2 en croix

       3. Center tendu/dégagé combination using the classical positions of the body. Example: croisé
           devant, effacé devant, . . . etc.

  •        4. From a front view:
Single/multiple pirouette(s) exercise.

       5. Waltz exercise on the diagonal that includes balancés, waltz turns, piqué turns, and chaîné
           turns.

       6. Petite allegro exercise that includes glissade jeté and glissade assemble.

       7. Jazz: center combination of choice that highlights extensions, pirouettes, and leaps within the
           genre.

       8. Modern: phrase demonstrating head/tail connection, release, and stylistic approach within the
           genre.

The entire video should be 2 minutes maximum.

Upload your video to YouTube.  In the dropdown menu, select “unlisted.”  This keeps your video unsearchable, but allows those who have the link to access it. Test your link before sending.

Send us your materials.  This email should include:

  • The link to your video.
  • A typed narrative (maximum of 1 page in length) in which you describe your previous dance experience and identify and discuss your future goals.
  • A recent photograph, professional or informal, that shows you in 1st arabesque (side view) along with a recent headshot, professional or informal.

Send to amanda.clark@wku.edu  You should receive a confirmation that we received your video within three business days.  If you do not, please email or call us.  Please submit your video no later than February 1st.

Musical Theatre

The musical theatre program at WKU is housed in the Department of Theatre & Dance.  

Step 4: Apply to Audition here

Step 5: Audition 

There are two ways to audition:

Audition at WKU: 

The Department of Theatre & Dance will hold on-campus auditions for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.  (A second audition day in February may be added at a later date, depending on demand.)

Your on-campus audition will consist of:

  • A monologue from a play, 30 to 90 seconds in length.  It should be thoroughly memorized and well-rehearsed.
  • Two songs, not to exceed four minutes in total.  We provide an accompanist, so please bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key.  The songs should be two contrasting vocal styles.  If possible, one should demonstrate contemporary/belt and the other should be from legit/golden age musical theatre repertoire.
  • A short interview.

Please bring a headshot and resume. 

Those attending the audition on February 10th, 2018 will also have the option of attending portions of the dance auditions scheduled for that day.

Or submit an audition video

While auditioning by video is an option, we strongly encourage prospective students to audition in person, if possible. 

Record Your Video.

Tell us:

  • Your name.
  • Your current city, state, and high school.
  • What do you think are your greatest strengths as a performer?  Where do you hope to grow during your time at WKU?
  • Why did you apply to WKU?
  • One or two interesting facts about yourself.

Perform:

  • A monologue from a play, 30 to 90 seconds in length.  It should be thoroughly memorized and well-rehearsed.
  • Two songs, not to exceed 4 minutes in total.  We much prefer live piano accompanist.  Do not sing acapella.  The songs should be two contrasting vocal styles.  If possible, one should demonstrate contemporary/belt and the other should be from legit/golden age musical theatre repertoire. 

Video Recording Requirements:

Please complete the recording without stopping the video at any time.

  • Please complete the recording without stopping the video at any time.
  • If using a phone to record, the phone must be in landscape or horizontal mode.
  • Use a tripod to keep your camera still.
  • Test the audio to ensure minimal background noise and that the sound quality represents you well.
  • Test the lighting to ensure that we can see you well.
  • The frame for the video should include all or most of your body but be close enough that we can see your facial expressions clearly.
  • You can use any type of video editing program to insert titles, etc. However, you may not edit the audio in any way (e.g., adding reverb, pitch correction).

Upload your video to YouTube. In the dropdown menu, select “unlisted.”  This keeps your video unsearchable, but allows those who have the link to access it. Test your link before sending.

Email us your link.  Send the link to your video to: theatreanddance@wku.edu.  You should receive a confirmation that we received your video within three business days.  If you do not, please email or call us.  Please submit your video no later than February 1st.

Acting

 

The acting program at WKU is housed in the Department of Theatre & Dance.  

Step 4: Apply to Audition here

Step 5: Audition

Audition at WKU: 

The Department of Theatre & Dance will hold on-campus auditions for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.  (A second audition day in February may be added at a later date, depending on demand.)

Your audition will consist of:

  • A monologue from a play, 30 to 120 seconds in length.  It should be thoroughly memorized and well-rehearsed.
  • A short interview.

Please bring a headshot and resume. 

Or submit an audition video

While auditioning by video is an option, we strongly encourage prospective students to audition in person, if possible. 

Record Your Video.

Tell us:

  • Your name.
  • Your current city, state, and high school.
  • What do you think are your greatest strengths as a performer?  Where do you hope to grow during your time at WKU?
  • Why did you apply to WKU?
  • One or two interesting facts about yourself.

Perform:

  • A monologue from a play, 30 to 120 seconds in length.  It should be thoroughly memorized and well-rehearsed.

Video Recording Requirements:

  • Please complete the recording without stopping the video at any time.
  • If using a phone to record, the phone must be in landscape or horizontal mode.
  • Use a tripod to keep your camera still.
  • Test the audio to ensure minimal background noise and that the sound quality represents you well.
  • Test the lighting to ensure that we can see you well.
  • The frame for the video should include all or most of your body but be close enough that we can see your facial expressions clearly.
  • You can use any type of video editing program to insert titles, etc. However, you may not edit the audio in any way (e.g., adding reverb, pitch correction).

Upload your video to YouTube. In the dropdown menu, select “unlisted.”  This keeps your video unsearchable, but allows those who have the link to access it. Test your link before sending.

Email us your link.  Send the link to your video to: theatreanddance@wku.edu.  You should receive a confirmation that we received your video within three business days.  If you do not, please email or call us.  Please submit your video no later than February 1st.

Theatre Design and Technology (costumes, lighting, sets, sound, technical direction, and stage management)

 

If you are interested in costume design, lighting design, set design, sound design, technical direction or stage management you will interview for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship.  

Step 4: Apply to Interview here

Step 5: Interview 

There are two ways to interview:

Interview at WKU: 

The Department of Theatre & Dance will hold on-campus interviews for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.  A second interview day in February may be added at a later date, depending on demand.

On the day of the interview please bring a resume.  Also bring examples of your work, if possible.  This can be a formal portfolio (either electronic or in a binder) or other examples of your work such as production photos, light plots, sound plots, or a stage manager’s book.

Or interview via Skype:

While auditioning by Skype is an option, we strongly encourage prospective students to interview at WKU, if possible. 

Upon completion of step 4 and your application to interview, you will be contacted by someone from the Department of Theatre & Dance to arrange the time and date of the Skype interview.  You will be asked to submit a resume via email prior to the interview. You are also encouraged to provide portfolio materials, or other examples of your work such as production photos, light plots, sound plots, or a stage manager’s book. These can be shared with us as an email attachment, website, Google doc, etc.  

Skype interviews must be completed by February 15th.

Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Youth Theatre, or a General Interest in Theatre

 

If you have a general interest in theatre, or are interested in directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, or youth theatre you will interview for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship.   

Step 4: Apply to Interview here

Step 5: Interview

There are two ways to interview:

Interview at WKU: 

The Department of Theatre & Dance will hold on-campus interviews for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.  A second interview day in February may be added at a later date, depending on demand.

On the day of the interview please bring a resume.  Also bring examples of your work, if possible.  This can be a formal portfolio (either electronic or in a binder) or other examples of your work such as production photos, light plots, sound plots, or a stage manager’s book.

Or interview via Skype:

While auditioning by Skype is an option, we strongly encourage prospective students to interview at WKU, if possible. 

Upon completion of step 4 and your application to interview, you will be contacted by someone from the Department of Theatre & Dance to arrange the time and date of the Skype interview.  You will be asked to submit a resume via email prior to the interview. You are also encouraged to provide portfolio materials, or other examples of your work such as production photos, light plots, sound plots, or a stage manager’s book. These can be shared with us as an email attachment, website, Google doc, etc.  

Skype interviews must be completed by February 15th.

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