We want to help you achieve your goals and financial assistance may be available for qualified students.

CMTA is pleased to announce scholarships that are now available through our department (application and criteria [PDF] — due by April 1):

  • Gail W. Compton Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Worth H. Kramer Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Julia Catherine Niswender Endowed TWIN Scholarship
  • James Gordon “Doc” and Aniceta Eidymt Patterson Endowed Scholarship
  • Rev. Clarence Rivers Mentorship Award
  • Theatre Arts offers endowed scholarships and CMTA Excellence Awards

Additional scholarships are available. Some are specific to students with majors within communication, media and theatre arts and some are offered campus-wide. Please be certain to also visit the EMU Office of Financial Aid site.

Graduate Assistantships

Full and part-time opportunities are available each academic year. Dr. Nick Romerhausen coordinates the graduate assistants who serve as instructors for CTAC 124: Foundations of Speech Communication. Assistantships associated with theatre arts programs are coordinated by Dr. Lee Stille.

Applications must be submitted online for the graduate assistant (teaching) in Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts. Potential graduate assistants must complete a 250-word essay/letter of interest and a resume that are uploaded as part of the online application. Additionally, two recommendation forms [PDF] must be completed and submitted by the recommender to:

Nick Romerhausen, Ph.D. — [email protected]
124 Judy Sturgis Hill Building, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Theatre Scholarships and Service Awards

Current Students

Current EMU students can apply for theatre endowed scholarships and CMTA Excellence Awards by completing our online application, or by visiting 103 Judy Sturgis Hill Building and completing an application in person. Active participants in EMU Theatre will receive first priority in consideration for awards.

Incoming Freshmen/Transfers

EMU Theatre holds bi-annual auditions for incoming students interested in applying for endowed scholarships and CMTA Excellence Awards.

These auditions provide the opportunity to be considered for up to $3,000 per academic year.

Next Audition

Due to the restrictions and precautions surrounding Covid-19, our April 2021 auditions for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students will be video submissions. These will be accepted through April 20, 2021.  See below for details. If you have any questions email Pam Cardell at [email protected]

What do I need to prepare?

  • Complete the Audition Form.
  • Acting auditionees should prepare two contrasting monologues (i.e. classical/modern or comic/serious) not exceeding 90 seconds each.
  • If singing will be part of the audition, add one minute to the total time and prepare 16 bars from a musical selection.
  • Technical presentations: Submit a video display of photos, drawings, renderings, models, costumes, etc. that demonstrate the auditionee’s skills in the technical, design, stage management and publicity areas. Please include a brief explanation of the images we'll be viewing. Presentation time should not exceed 3-4 minutes.
  • Email a short letter of reference and video audition submission to [email protected] by April 20, 2021.