Theatre - Scholarships

General Scholarship Information

The UNA Theatre program offers a variety of scholarships to incoming students as well as sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in the program. Incoming students are auditioned through the UNA Theatre Scholarship Interview Day in February and, when possible, at the ACT State Screening Auditions at the State Trumbauer Festival. Requirements vary by individual scholarship.

Gladys Shepard Endowed Scholarship
Gladys Shepard Endowed Scholarship is for incoming freshmen who are declared first as Theatre majors. Students must have an ACT composite score of at least 20 and a high school GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale. An audition/interview is required.

Edith Hand & George Lindsey Endowed Scholarships
The Hand and Lindsey scholarship are awarded to sophomores, juniors or seniors who are declared first as Theatre majors. Recipients must be enrolled full-time and have a 2.5 GPA. Recipients are also selected based on their contributions to the theatre program in class, as well as on-and off-stage.

Frank Mosier Endowed Scholarship
The Mosier Scholarship is awarded to a junior who will be a senior at UNA prior to attending graduate school in Theatre Arts. Recipients are also selected based on their contributions to the theatre program in class, as well as on-and off-stage.

UNA Fine Arts Merit Scholarships
For Theatre majors, UNA Fine Arts Merit Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen or transfer students accepted unconditionally by UNA (by February 1st) with a GPA of at least 2.75. An audition/interview is required.

UNA Theatre Scholarships
Theatre scholarships are awarded to UNA Theatre majors based on an audition/interview and require participation in UNA Theatre productions as assigned by theatre faculty.

Application Process and Requirements

Applications will be considered on the basis of academic merit, talent, character and demonstrated achievement in or more areas of theatre. Students may be incoming freshman or transferring from another institution. All applicants must enroll as full-time students majoring in Theatre. All scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability.

To apply for the Theatre Scholarships, students must:

(1) Apply for admission to UNA which may be secured from:

UNA Office of Admissions
UNA Box 5011
Florence, AL 35632-0001
(256) 765-4608 or (800) TALK UNA
E-mail Address:

(2) Be accepted unconditionally by UNA.

(3) Submit both of the Scholarship application forms and a résumé which exemplifies both instruction and performance experience, accompanied by two letters of recommendation from theatre instructors or related professional who can attest to your theatrical talents, personality and character.

(4) Prepare an audition or portfolio as follows.

Auditions and Portfolio Requirements

Actors should be ready to present two contrasting monologues (not exceed 5 minutes total) along with an acting résumé. Designers and technicians should be ready to present visual representations of their work (actual designs, photographs or a complete portfolio) as a part of their interview process. The audition serves as an opportunity for a student to display his or her ability, meet the faculty and have questions answered concerning the Department of Entertainment Industry and other aspects of being a theatre student at UNA. Campus tours are also available.

Audition Dates

Students should indicate the appropriate date on which they plan to audition on the application form. Auditions will be held on the following dates:

ACT State Screening Auditions: TBA

UNA Campus Auditions:  Saturday, April 7 or April 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m., at the George S. Lindsey Theatre.  (Scholarship applicants are invited to attend the production of Eurydice at 7:30 p.m. We will provide up to four free tickets if reserved in advance.)  Auditions, interviews, and facility tours will begin afterward. An individual audition may be scheduled if you cannot attend either audition date.

Once the application has been processed, you will receive conformation of your audition time and location.  

We invite you to visit UNA’s Theatre program, Monday through Thursday, to sit in on classes and/or talk with faculty and students.  Call or email to schedule your visit.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Mr. Charlton James, MFA
University of North Alabama
Department of Entertainment Industry
UNA Box 5260
Florence, AL 35632-0001
Phone: (256) 765-4356