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

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

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  • Gail W. Compton Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Mark S. Gallup 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

NOTE: Theatre Arts offers separate endowed scholarships and CMTA Excellence Awards, scroll down for further information.
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 Excellence 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 First-Year Students/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

Our next in person scholarship audition will be December 2, 2023 for Incoming First-Year and Transfer Students.  Please arrive by 4 p.m. to be checked in, auditions will begin at 4:30 p.m. See below for details. If you have any questions email Pam Cardell at [email protected]

What do I need to prepare?

  • Complete the online Audition Form. Completed forms are due Wednesday, November 22, 2023.
  • Performance auditionees should prepare two contrasting monologues (i.e. classical/modern or comic/serious) not exceeding 90 seconds each. Optional but strongly encouraged - Singing 16 bars/measures from a musical theatre selection. An accompanist will be provided, please bring sheet music in a 3-ring binder.
  • Technical presentations: Prepare a display of photos, drawings, renderings, models, costumes, etc. that demonstrate the auditionee’s skills in the technical, design, stage management, or publicity areas. A brief explanation of the items displayed will be part of the presentation.
  • A letter of reference from a theatre director, tech director, acting/singing coach, etc. is required and should be emailed to Pam Cardell at [email protected]
  • Audition/Presentation time should not exceed 3-4 minutes.