​​A variety of scholarships are available to students entering into theatre and dance related programs, with some department and its donors and others funded through the university.   This page includes scholarships offered through the Theatre and Dance Department and its supporters.  We strongly recommend students also visit go.cmich.edu/scholarships to learn about the valuable academic merit scholarship program.  

Theatre Talent Scholarships

Our Special Talent Scholarship program is part of our ongoing effort to identify and attract talented performers, designers, and theatre technicians.   Recipients receive an award valued at up to $4,000 over their college career.

Students entering the BFA Acting, Design/Tech or Music Theatre programs will be considered for these scholarships based on their admission interview/audition and need not register using the following form.  Students entering our BA/BS/BAA theatre programs, minoring in theatre or studying in other non-theatre degree programs can compete for these awards by auditioning/interviewing at our Scholarship Audition events taking place on February 1 and February 22, 2020.  

For additional information, please visit our office at 133 Moore Hall or call us at 989-774-7710.


​First Nighter Scholarships
 
First Nighters, the CMU Theatre support group, have endowed a scholarship for TAI majors and minors which is awarded each spring for use in the following academic year.  The amount of the award varies but has been $1,000 - $2,000 for the past three years.  TAD Faculty and Staff will choose recipients with regard to their demonstrated overall contribution to the theatre program at CMU. (Note: requires a minimum of 15 completed credit hours of TAI coursework with a grade of "B" or above, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5)
 
For information about additional requirements and an application form, please contact Steven Berglund, Director of University Theatre, by phone at 989-774-3961, or by email at bergl1s@cmich.edu.  
 
 
Donor Scholarships
 
  • Denny L. Bettisworth Theatre and Interpretation Award
Established in 2005 by Denny and Linda Bettisworth and friends, this scholarship is a renewable scholarship for a junior or returning senior who has demonstrated outstanding promise in theatre directing, as determined by the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance by phone at 989-774-7710 or in person at Moore Hall #133.
 
  • Marie Donner and Fred R. Bush Scholarship
The Marie Donner and Fred R. Bush Scholarship Fund was established by Fred R. Bush, his family and friends. Professor Bush, former Director of the University Theatre, was a graduate of Central Michigan University and a member of the faculty for 33 years. Mrs. Bush was a faculty member in the Music Department. The earnings of the funds are to provide an annual scholarship for a student studying in the Fine Arts.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance by phone at 989-774-7710 or in person at Moore Hall #133.
 
  • John Genette and Andrea Dicky Genette Award
The John Genette and Andrea Dickey Genette Award is recognizes an entrepreneurial spirit in a student wishing to produce his/her own project with the intent to pursue theatre as a profession as a career actor, director or teacher.   The winner of this renewable scholarship award is selected by the Theatre and Dance area.  
 
For more information please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance by phone at 989-774-7710 or in person at Moore Hall #133.
 
  • The Wilbur Moore Prize
Established in 1989 in memory of Wilbur E. Moore, founder of what are now known as the Summer Remedial Clinics and the university's first vice president for academic affairs, for a junior who is enrolled as a major in one of the four departments: Communication, Communication Disorders, Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and Theatre and Dance.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance by phone at 989-774-7710 or in person at Moore Hall #133.

 
  • Gavin J. Smith and Mary C. Mertz-Smith Endowed Scholarship in Technical Theatre

The Gavin J. Smith and Mary C. Mertz-Smith Endowed Scholarship in Technical Theatre is named in honor of Gavin Smith, a CMU theatre alum and his wife, and is awarded to a student in good academic standing with an interest in technical theatre.​

For more information please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance department at 989-774-7710.

 
  • Irvine N. Smith Scholarship

Established in 1978 by Nancy Page Smith, family, and friends in memory of Irvine N. Smith, a member of the faculty for eight years and director of university theatre from 1974 through 1976, for a freshman, sophomore or junior student as an incentive award in acting and/or directing.

For more information please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance department at 989-774-7710.

 
  • William E. Valle Design and Technical Theatre Award
Established in 2005 by William E. Valle and friends. Bill is a retired professor who taught scenery design, lighting design, and technical theatre at CMU for 35 years. Income from the renewable endowment will support an award for a student who participates and has an interest in the study of design or technical theatre, has demonstrated promise in the field of scenery design, lighting design or technical theatre and has a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For more information please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance by phone at 989-774-7710 or in person at Moore Hall #133.