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Below is information regarding scholarships at the AZ Thespian Festival. Please read carefully, and make sure you complete all steps necessary by required deadlines.  Good luck!


This year’s scholarship auditions will be performed live in-person for college/universities. They will also be live streamed for our schools from out of state. Students will perform auditions live at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Phoenix on Friday November 18, 2022. There are no exceptions.

To even consider auditioning for scholarships:

  1. You must be a graduating senior with a 3.0 GPA, un-weighted.
  2. Be an inducted Thespian at the time of auditions.
  3. Must intend to major in theatre.
    1. Minors in theatre are not eligible
  4. You must complete Scholarship Registration to be eligible.

In-person audition students must register on Acceptd and this must be done by Thursday October 6, 2022. (Essay scholarship entrants do not need to register on Acceptd). 

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For more information read the 2022 Scholarship Registration Info Sheet thoroughly.

DEADLINES: All audition materials should be added by the Thursday October 6th, 2022 registration deadline. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility to audition. 

Any scholarship questions should be directed to Robert Vernier, the Scholarship Coordinator at

ARIZONA THESPIAN ESSAY SCHOLARSHIPS LINKS – Please see the individual application forms for more information. Students must be a Senior and an inducted Thespian to be eligible for essay scholarships.

Steve Halper Theatre Educator Scholarship $1500.00 (Available to any student intending to major in Theatre Education)

Steve Halper Theatre Educator Scholarship Application 

Theatre for Life Scholarship $1500.00 (Available to any student who will incorporate Arizona Thespians’ core values; ownership, diversity and gratitude, as well as what they have learned through theatre arts in future jobs or community service positions.)

Theatre for Life Scholarship Application 


*Ellis Jordan Memorial Scholarship $1500 (Available to any student intending to major in theatre)

*John Siler Memorial Scholarship $1500 (Available to any student intending to major theatre)

*AZ Thespian/EdTA Scholarship $1500 (Available to any student intending to major in theatre)

*Amy Bennett Memorial Music Theatre Scholarship $1500 (Available to any student intending to major or minor in MUSICAL theatre)

*Technical Theatre Scholarship $1500 (Available to any student intending to major in technical theatre or production)

*Ovation Scholarship $1500 (Available to any student intending to major in theatre.)

Examples of Colleges/Universities that have attended past Arizona Thespian Festivals:

Abilene Christian University

AMDA College of the Performing Arts

Arizona Thespians

ASU School of Music, Dance, & Theatre

Centre College

Circle in the Square Theatre School

Coker University

Eastern Arizona College

Fort Lewis College

Grand Canyon University

Greensboro College

Huntington University

Hussain College

Loyola University New Orleans

Lynn University

New Mexico State University

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

New York Film Academy

Northern Arizona University

Open Jar Institute

Paradise Valley Community College

Rockford University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Southern Utah University

Stephens College

University of Northern Colorado




For guideline and requirement questions please contact Robert Vernier at

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.