Program Admission and Scholarship Application

Students who want to apply for admission to the BFA program or who want to apply for scholarships for either the BFA or BA programs can find audition guidelines, requirements, and application at the links below for the options in which you are interested.

2020-2021 Dates and Times for Auditions and Portfolio Reviews for Program Admission and Conservatory Scholarships

  • February 26-March 1, 2020
    Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) - Louisville KY (acting, musical theatre, theatre design)
  • February 29, 2020 / 10 a.m.
    Cape Girardeau (acting, musical theatre, theatre design)
  • April 1-4, 2020
    United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) - Houston TX (theatre design only)
  • April 17, 2020 / 2 p.m.
    Cape Girardeau (acting, musical theatre, theatre design)
  • June 24-29, 2020
    International Thespian Festival - Univ Nebraska-Lincoln (acting, musical theatre, theatre design)
  • Dance Audition Information

Audition Guidelines and Applications

Scholarship Requirements

All Scholarship Applicants must have:

  • filled out and submitted this application 3 days prior to the date of the audition/interview;
  • applied to Southeast Missouri State University as a major in the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance;
  • achieved an Enhanced ACT composite score of at least 21;
  • earned a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale);

All Scholarship Recipients must:

  • remain a major in the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance;
  • maintain a 2.5 cumulative Southeast grade point average;
  • maintain a 3.0 cumulative Theatre & Dance grade point average;
  • earn no lower than a “B” in all Rehearsal & Production classes;
  • complete 30 credit hours per academic year;
  • demonstrate, in the judgment of the Theatre & Dance faculty, acceptable artistic growth in her or his designated area of emphasis; and
  • fulfill all duties to the best of her or his ability while maintaining a positive and professional attitude.

Scholarship Amounts & Additional Scholarships

  • All Theatre & Dance Scholarships are renewable with acceptable progress (see above) and are valued at $500, $1,000, or $1,500.
  • All additional Merit-based Academic Scholarships (e.g., President’s, Regents’, & Governor’s.) and Leadership Award Scholarships are awarded automatically to qualified students as they are admitted into the university and may affect the award amount of Theatre & Dance Scholarship.
  • Students whose financial aid is already at the highest level due to Regents’ or Governor’s Scholarships, are encouraged to audition for a Theatre & Dance Scholarship, although they may not be eligible for additional money. However, those students, as long as they continue to meet Theatre & Dance Scholarship requirements, may be awarded a Theatre & Dance Scholarship their sophomore, junior, or senior year should they not meet the renewal criteria of the academic scholarship, if funding is available.


Ken Stilson
River Campus Seminary 452
Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701