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Scholarships Available

Prospective and current students are invited to apply for scholarship funds available through the Department of Theatre Arts. Awarding of these scholarships is guided by the following criteria: academic and artistic performance, community involvement, financial need, and the applicants’ goals as a student at Ouachita.

To be considered for scholarships please complete the application and schedule an audition with the theatre faculty, ideally by March 1, 2021 to be considered for the 2021-2022 academic year.  (While the applications are due by March 1, 2021, we are happy to audition any scholarship application we may receive, even after the due date.)

B.A. Theatre Scholarship Application Requirements  

For those student interested in pursuing a B.A. theatre or theatre education degree you will need to apply and audition for our Theatre Scholarships:

  • Audition with two contrasting 30-60 second monologues (performance focus)
  • Presentation of area(s)-specific technical portfolio (technical focus)
  • Or BOTH for students who are open to either track
  • ESSAY responding to the prompt:      “What first brought you to theatre, and what do you hope to do with it in your career?”
  • Theatre resume
  • Headshot or snapshot
  • An interview with the theatre faculty

For more information contact:
Eric Phillips, Professor of Theatre Arts
Chair, Department of Theatre Arts Office: (870) 245-5562
OBU Box 3767 Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001


B.F.A. Musical Theatre Scholarship Application Requirements

For those student interested in pursuing a B.F.A. musical theatre degree you will need to apply and audition for our Voice Scholarships:
  • Audition with two selections; 
    • one classical piece (may be in English OR a foreign language),
    • one Broadway show tune or hymn arrangement.
  • A 30-60 theatre monologue.
  • Performance resume

For more information contact:
Dr. Jon Secrest, Professor of Music 
Chair, Applied Music Department Coordinator, Vocal Studies Office: (870) 245-5134
OBU Box 3727 Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001


Work Study

Additionally, the Department of Theatre Arts has work study positions in which students help with department duties.  For positions available in Theatre Arts and other departments on campus please visit



Theatre internships are awarded to students who are willing to help the department out in areas of oversight that include lighting, sound, props, costumes, box office, paint shop and additional areas, as needed. The Theatre Intern will schedule two hours a week to come in and help organize and maintain their assigned area; this internship does not commit the student to crewing or running shows. The $250 per semester internship is reserved for students majoring or minoring in an area of theatre. For more information or to present your name for consideration, contact Eric Phillips at

More Information
For more information about financial aid and other opportunities that may be available to applicants, please visit

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