Department of Theater and Dance


We award several scholarships to theater majors and students who intend to major in theater. Incoming freshmen can compete for scholarships during scholarship audition days.

$2,500 and $5,000

These scholarships are awarded to outstanding first-year students who display high aptitude for study in the performing arts. The awards include a service component and allow students to use their talents for the benefit of others.

This scholarship is given to a first-year student who intends to concentrate in theater performance. The student demonstrates outstanding performance potential during the scholarship audition process.

This scholarship is intended for a freshman or sophomore in the design/tech concentration. The recipient exhibits dedication, reliability and a capacity for developing theater artistry.

This scholarship is awarded to a freshman or sophomore who intends to major in theater with a music-theater dance concentration. The scholarship recipient demonstrates proficient dance technique/abilities combined with outstanding performance potential.

This scholarship is awarded to a freshman or sophomore who intends to major in theater and who demonstrates high scholastic aptitude, outstanding performance potential and has a vision for a lifetime of engagement in theater arts.

This scholarship is awarded to a first or second-year student planning to major in theater who is pursuing a sub-discipline in design, management, directing, history or technology. The successful recipient shows potential for artistic growth, creativity and dedication to the craft of theater.

This scholarship is awarded to a freshman or sophomore who intends to major in theater with a concentration in acting or music-theater/dance. The recipient demonstrates extraordinary artistic talent and the ability to succeed in all university endeavors. The scholarship is designed to promote and enhance artistic quality at Christopher Newport.

These scholarships are given to four sophomores, juniors or seniors who have exhibited outstanding academic achievement, artistic promise and dedication to the Department. Frequently these scholarships are awarded to recipients of the above awards, provided the student maintains academic and production excellence.

Scholarship Auditions

Due to growing popularity, reputation and demand, we now require auditions for admission to the acting and musical theater concentrations. We welcome and encourage audition submissions from aspiring performers of all skill levels, as we believe potential is as important as current skill levels.


In addition to consideration for admission to these concentrations, these auditions and portfolio reviews will also serve as consideration for all available theater scholarships.

Admission into our other concentrations (design/technical theater, directing/dramatic literature, arts administration and theater studies) does not require an audition or interview. However, there are scholarships available in these areas that do require submission of a portfolio (or work examples) and a possible follow-up interview.

Adjusted Process for 2020-21

Due to social distancing requirements and health and safety concerns, all audition submissions for students interested in joining the fall 2021 freshman class will be self-recorded videos that adhere to industry standards.

The performance faculty will hold virtual Q&A sessions via Zoom on November 14, January 30 and March 6. This will be an opportunity for students and parents to clarify information about the audition process, available scholarships, performance opportunities and other information about our challenging and dynamic programs.

November 14 Q&A


January 30 Q&A


March 6 Q&A


All interested students will submit videos and other documents via SlideRoom, which is an extension of the Common App. Therefore, acting and musical theater applicants, as well as students interested in scholarships in other theater areas, must apply to Christopher Newport University via the Common App and select the appropriate academic areas. If there are questions about navigating and completing the Common App, please contact the Office of Admission. You must upload all audition or portfolio review materials (listed below) at the same time as completing the Common App, so please be prepared.

Review of candidates will begin on February 1, 2021 and continue through February 14, 2021. Although submissions will be accepted after February 14, for full consideration for acceptance and scholarships, we strongly advise meeting these deadlines. Admission to Christopher Newport does not guarantee you a place in the performance program. You will receive a separate notice of that decision.

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