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NJ State Thespian Senior Performance Scholarship

One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded in the Performance categories as per the adjudicators’ final decision.

(Note: A student may apply for only TWO of the three scholarships.  The other choices are Technical Design and Arts Advocacy.)


A.  Scholarship Description

A non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to a New Jersey Thespian as directed by the State Board of Directors.

The scholarship shall be sent by the Educational Theatre Association to the recipient’s designated school upon documented proof of enrollment in the recognized school.

Failure to complete enrollment (or withdrawal from school) negates this scholarship.

B. Eligibility

All applicants MUST be current members of the International Thespian Society.

All applicants MUST have been students of a New Jersey high school for at least one academic year prior to applying.

All winners MUST use the scholarship for furthering their education with a major or minor in the performing or communication arts (theatre, film, communications, radio or television broadcasting, vocal or instrumental music, dance) while studying at a recognized school of their choice.

Each troupe may enter no more than five (5) seniors.

C. Application Procedure

The troupe Director must submit student information (name, address, cell phone, email, parent phone) on the Festival Registration Form.

The troupe director will add the application fee of $15.00 on the Invoice.

Bring a theatrical resume with a head shot photo to the audition.  This resume should include Performance and Technical work.

Bring a listing/description of your Thespian activities on the local, state, and/or international level to the audition.

D. Adjudication Procedure

The selection committee will consist of professionals in the field, not affiliated with any troupe.

Each applicant will participate in a personal interview with the selection committee.

Each applicant shall be evaluated by the following scale:

(a)     Audition: 60%, (b) Interview: 20%, (c) Resume/Thespian Activities: 20%

4.   A rubric will be posted at www.njthespians.org.

E. Audition Requirements NOTE: NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE PERFORMANCE.

The combined audition MUST contain two components.  The two components combined should not exceed three minutes.

The first component MUST be a monologue from a published play.  Screenplays and television scripts are not acceptable.

The second selection must be a contrasting monologue from a published play, a dance routine, or a musical selection. Note: If the student performs a musical solo, it must be noted on the application.  A live accompanist will be provided by the college judges. The student must bring sheet music.

A 15-second grace period will be permitted at the end of each component.

Applicants who run overtime will be stopped when they exceed the time limit.

No costumes or props will be permitted.


NJ State Thespian Senior Technical Scholarship

One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded in the Technical category as per the adjudicators’ final decision.

(Note: A student may apply for only TWO of the three scholarships.  The other choices are Performance and Arts Advocacy.)


A.  Scholarship Description

 A non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to a New Jersey Thespian as directed by the State Board of Directors.

 The scholarship shall be sent by the Educational Theatre Association to the recipient’s designated school upon documented proof of enrollment in the recognized school.

Failure to complete enrollment (or withdrawal from school) negates this scholarship.

B.  Eligibility

All applicants MUST be current members of the International Thespian Society.

All applicants MUST have been students of a New Jersey high school for at least one academic year prior to applying.

All winners MUST use the scholarship for furthering their education with a major or minor in theatre, communication, or visual arts (theatre, film, communications, radio or television broadcasting, art, graphic design) while studying at a recognized school of their choice.

Each troupe may enter no more than five (5) seniors.

C.  Application Procedure

The troupe Director must submit student information (name, address, cell phone, email, parent phone) on the Festival Registration Form.

The troupe director will add the application fee of $15.00 on the Invoice.

Bring a theatrical resume to the technical interview.  This should include Technical and Performance work.

Bring a listing/description of your Thespian activities on the local, state, and/or international level to the technical interview.

D.  Adjudication Procedure

The selection committee will consist of professionals in the field, not affiliated with any troupe.

Each applicant will participate in a personal interview with the selection committee. (NOTE: NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE INTERVIEW.)

Each applicant shall be evaluated by the following scale:

(a)     Designs: 60%, (b) Interview: 20%, (c) Resume/Thespian Activities: 20%

4.   A rubric will be posted at www.njthespians.org.

E.  Design Requirements

The applicant must present a portfolio that includes two designs, one from each of the following categories: Lighting, Scenic, Makeup, and/or Costume. (Please note that Poster [Theatre Marketing] is NOT allowed for the scholarship entry.) Portfolios may include photographs, news clippings, letters, programs, descriptions, and videos/digital with a flash drive or Power Point presentation. A computer will be available in the interview room.

Follow the same rules for each design category as listed under the “Technical Events—General Rules” sheet.

The designs entered in the regular technical events may also be judged for the scholarship; however, the designs should be photographed and included in the portfolio.


NJ State Thespian Senior Arts Advocacy Scholarship

This scholarship is for senior Thespians who believe that they have promoted advocacy for their community or society through or for the arts.  Each applicant should provide and present a portfolio that highlights the student’s most valuable achievements.

One $400.00 scholarship will be awarded in the Arts Advocacy category as per the adjudicators’ final decision.

(Note: A student may apply for only TWO of the three scholarships.  The other choices are Performance and Technical Design.)


A.  Scholarship Description

A non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to a New Jersey Thespian as directed by the State Board of Directors.

The scholarship shall be sent by the Educational Theatre Association to the recipient’s designated school upon documented proof of enrollment in the recognized school.

Failure to complete enrollment (or withdrawal from school) negates this scholarship.

B.  Eligibility

All applicants MUST be current members of the International Thespian Society.

All applicants MUST have been students of a New Jersey high school for at least one academic year prior to applying.

All winners MUST use the scholarship for furthering their education while studying at a recognized school of their choice.

Each troupe may enter no more than five (5) seniors.

C.  Application Procedure

The troupe Director must submit student information (name, address, cell phone, email, parent phone) on the Festival Registration Form.

The troupe director will add the application fee of $15.00 on the Invoice.

Bring to festival the following:

a)    A resume, including Thespian advocacy, any teaching, leadership, mentoring, or community service.

b)    A listing/description of your Thespian activities on the local, state, and/or international level.

c)    A ten-minute portfolio presentation that shows highlights of how you have incorporated the Educational Theatre Association mission and core values into your high-school work. This should also include highlights of arts advocacy at your local, state, and/or national levels. The portfolio can include news clippings, photos, letters, programs, descriptions, and videos/digital with a flash drive or Power Point presentation.  A computer will be available in the interview room. You can find the mission and core values at the Educational Theatre Association Website (Right Click Here) and at www.njthespians.org.  

d)    An interview/question/answer period after the presentation. Questions could include how you plan to continue to advocate the Educational Theatre Association mission and core values.

D.  Adjudication Procedure

The selection committee will consist of professionals in the field, not affiliated with any troupe.

Each applicant will participate in a personal interview with the selection committee. (NOTE: NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE INTERVIEW.)

Each applicant shall be evaluated by the following scale:

(a)     Interview: 40%

(b)     Resume/Thespian & Service Activities: 20%

(c)     Portfolio: 40%