Theatre Scholarships

Students perform in the 2017 production of "Rent."

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 two areas of interest—performance or design/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).

Theatre Audition or Technical Theatre Portfolio Review:
To apply for a Luther Theatre Scholarship, students complete one of two 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 and discuss previous technical work

The audition/portfolio review and interview process is now closed for those students beginning enrollment in the Fall of 2018. Students enrolling in Fall 2019 should Schedule a Visit to select the appropriate theatre audition/portfolio review option. If you have any questions about scheduling your theatre audition/portfolio review, please contact the Admissions Office.

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

Participation in theatre productions can be satisfied through involvement 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 Jeff Dintaman

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 Jeff Dintaman.

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.