Theatre Scholarships

Students in a theatre class

First-Year Theatre Scholarships

Luther offers scholarships based on theatrical talent, regardless of chosen major or minor. Theatre scholarships are awarded after a student has been admitted to Luther.

Luther Theatre Scholarship

Luther Theatre Scholarships recognize incoming students who display outstanding potential for participation in Luther's theatre program. Theatre faculty award these scholarships in several areas of interest—performance, design, and technical theatre. Candidates for a Luther Theatre Scholarship are identified through an audition or interview and brought to the attention of the scholarship committee.

$8,000 over four years ($2,000 per year).

Audition, Portfolio Review, or Technical Theatre Interview:
To apply for this scholarship, students complete one of three options:

  • Perform a monologue or monologue and song (1 to 3 minutes) for theatre faculty, and then talk with theatre faculty in an informal interview about the creative process
  • Present a portfolio of design or technical work, and then talk with theatre faculty in an informal interview about the creative process
  • Interview with theatre faculty, discussing previous technical work

Students interested in applying complete their audition and interview by December 1, 2017. Contact the Admissions Office to arrange an audition, portfolio review, or technical theatre interview.

Renewable up to 8 semesters, based on full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress and participation in theatre productions each year at Luther.

Theatre students may be involved in the student-run theatre organization SPIN Theatre, which operates as a co-curricular organization within the theatre program. This organization performs on campus throughout the year.

View scholarship audition information and audition dates.

Continuing Theatre Student Scholarships

The theatre program offers scholarships to students demonstrating financial need as well as rewarding outgoing seniors. For more information, contact Lisa Lantz.

The Debra and Mark Elstad Scholarship

Established by Debra Elstad '74 and her husband, Mark, this scholarship is given to current Luther students who have declared a theatre and/or dance major and qualify for financial assistance. Those interested in having their name submitted for this scholarship should contact Lisa Lantz.

The Helen Adams Bodensteiner Excellence in Theatre Award

Established by her sons, this award honors the legacy of Helen Bodensteiner, who served on the Luther faculty from 1946 until her retirement in 1969 and whose vision and work were foundational in growing the program in speech and drama at Luther. This award and accompanying scholarship is given to a graduating theatre senior(s) who has demonstrated significant influence and promise during their four years within the department.