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Department of Visual Arts, Humanities and Theatre
515 Orr Dr.
208 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
 
 
Scholarships

DEGREES
 
Under the auspices of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and the Department of Visual Arts, Humanities and Theatre, the theatre program offers two degree options: the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.   Most theatre majors receive the Bachelor of Arts. However, students who concentrate in Technical Theatre or Theatre Management may elect the Bachelor of Science degree. 
 
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
Students may elect concentrations in either, Performance, Design/Technical Production, or Management and should declare such interest upon choosing theatre as a major. Students who have special interests will be advised of specific courses and electives to take and be mentored by faculty in the area of interest throughout their university tenure. Declaring an area of concentration will help the student to focus his/her interests while in the major and will ease the decision of an area of interest for the senior project capstone course.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR
All students must complete the general education core curriculum required by the University. In addition to these courses the theatre major requires the completion of a minimum of forty (40) semester hours of theatre courses and a minimum of eighteen (18) hours in an approved minor. Students who concentrate in Design/Technical Production or Theatre Management may elect the B.S. degree and in lieu of twelve (12) hours of foreign language may complete six (6) hours of approved computer courses and six (6) hours of theatre electives.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR
The student minor must consult a theatre advisor; complete eighteen (18) semester hours of theatre courses which include Introduction to Theatre and four (4) hours of laboratory courses (one hour per semester). The remaining semester hours are to be selected from the theatre core curriculum. In addition, minors are expected to participate fully in all theatre activities in order to become knowledgeable in all phases of the discipline.
 
COURSE OFFERINGS
The belief that theatre students profit most by a basic understanding of the totality of theatre before pursuing specializations is reflected by the present curriculum requirements. The program in theatre offers pre-professional undergraduate preparation by combining acting, directing, designing and production with literary, historical, managerial and creative study of drama. Our core curriculum and elective course offerings are as follows:
 
Introduction to the Theatre
Critical Analysis of Drama
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
Contemporary Black Theatre
Intro to Stagecraft
Costume Design
Costume Construction
Stage Make-Up Design
Intro to Scene/Light Design
Theatre Management
Marketing for the Arts
Voice and Diction
Oral Interpretation
Improvisation
Movement for the Theatre
Elements of Acting
Advanced Acting
Acting for the Camera
Intro to Play Direction
Dramatic Writing
Introduction to Creative Works
Technical Production Lab
Arts/Theatre Management Practicum
Senior Project
 
 
THEATRE SCHOLARSHIPS
 
The Essential Theatre awards limited scholarships to assist talented students who have unmet financial needs. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of the applicant’s scholastic achievements, creative abilities and level of technical skills. Applicants must be accepted into
the university and must declare theatre as his/her major before applying for a theatre scholarship. 
 
The Essential Theatre Scholarship
 
Purpose
This is a special scholarship to assist talented students who declare theatre as their major; To reward talented students for their achievements and participation in theatre; To assist deserving students in meeting their unmet financial needs.
 
Eligibility
 To be considered for this scholarship students must meet one of the following criteria.
1.      A student currently enrolled at Florida A&M University as a declared Theatre major.
2.      Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or above
3.      Be an active member of the Essential Theatre demonstrating commitment beyond classroom assignments.
4.      Recipients are expected to accept performance roles as assigned, backstage and front of house assignments, and to volunteer for other Essential Theatre activities as needed.
5.      Demonstrate artistry in the area of theatre arts
6.      Demonstrate an unmet financial need
7.      Register as a full-time student (12 hours minimum)
 
How to Apply
2.      Applicants must forward a current transcript of grades with the application.
3.      Arrange an audition and /or interview.
a.       Performance applicants must arrange an audition before the scholarship committee. Actors should prepare two (2) contrasting monologues and a verse and chorus of a song that is sung to piano accompaniment or prerecorded instrumental music. The total audition must not exceed 4 minutes.
b.      Technical students, designers and managers must arrange a conference with the Scholarship Committee. Applicants must present a portfolio samples of work and a resume of backstage and/or front-of-house work..
 
A limit of one scholarship per academic year may be awarded to students in the program.
 
The Scholarship Committee shall review applicants at the end of each semester. Evaluations and recommendations for retention shall be based on the following criteria:
a.       Acceptance and successful fulfillment of performance/crew assignments, and evidence of volunteer work on other Essential Theatre activities.
b.      Work ethic and overall attitude
c.        Overall quality and demonstrated growth in work
d.      Maintain the minimum “C” (2.5) cumulative grade point average and a “B” (3.0) grade point average in major courses.
e.       Potential in the discipline
f.        A continued demonstrated unmet financial need
 
Retention/Maintenance
  1. Scholars must maintain the “B” (3.0) average in their major courses.
  2. Scholars must maintain the minimum “C” (2.50) average in their semester courses
  3. Scholars must maintain the minimum “C” (2.50) cumulative grade point average.
  4. Scholars whose cumulative average drops below “C” (2.50) or whose major course average drops below “B” (3.0) will be placed on “probationary status” not to exceed one (1) academic semester.
  5. Scholars whose cumulative average drops below “C” (2.50) or whose major course average drops below “B” (3.0) at the conclusion of the probationary period will have scholarships revoked.
  6. The Scholarship Committee shall review scholars at the end of each semester. Evaluations and recommendations for retention shall be based on demonstrated Professional Development to include, but not limited to the following:
    1. Portfolio Review (Required audition/interview materials i.e.; monologues (3 new selections), resume, headshots, design sketches and/or final product.
    2. Acceptance and successful fulfillment of performance/crew assignments, and evidence of volunteer work on other Essential Theatre activities.
    3. Potential in the discipline
    4. Overall quality and demonstrated growth in work
    5. Cooperation and overall attitude
    6. Grade point average
 
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Scholarship
Eligibility
  1. Student who is an incoming freshmen (FTIC), transfer student, or a currently enrolled FAMU student.
  2. Student who is a declared Theatre major.
  3. Student must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above.
  4. Student must enroll as a full-time student (12 credit hours minimum).
  5. Recipients are expected to accept performance roles as assigned, backstage and front of house assignments, and volunteer for other Essential Theatre activities as needed.
  6. Demonstrated artistry and/or potential in the discipline of Theatre
 
How To Apply
  1. Student must complete a scholarship application.
  2. Applicants must forward a current transcript of their academic work with application.
  3.  Applicants must arrange an audition/interview:
    1. Performance applicants must audition before the Scholarship Committee. The audition must include two (2) monologues of contrasting styles, and a verse and a chorus of a song that is sung to piano accompaniment, or pre-recorded audio “instrumental only” accompaniment. Total audition not to exceed 4 minutes.
    2. Technical theatre applicants must arrange a conference/interview with the Scholarship Committee. Applicants must present a portfolio and a resume of backstage work.
  4. Students currently enrolled at Florida A&M University may apply by completing all the requirements listed above. A limit of one scholarship per academic year may be awarded to students currently enrolled in the program.
 
Retention/Maintenance
  1. Scholars must maintain the “B” (3.0) average in their major courses.
  2. Scholars must maintain the minimum “C” (2.50) average in their semester courses
  3. Scholars must maintain the minimum “C” (2.50) cumulative grade point average.
  4. Scholars whose cumulative average drops below “C” (2.50) or whose major course average drops below “B” (3.0) will be placed on “probationary status” not to exceed one (1) academic semester.
  5. Scholars whose cumulative average drops below “C” (2.50) or whose major course average drops below “B” (3.0) at the conclusion of the probationary period will have scholarships revoked.
  6. The Scholarship Committee shall review scholars at the end of each semester. Evaluations and recommendations for retention shall be based on demonstrated Professional Development to include, but not limited to the following:
    1. Portfolio Review (Required audition/interview materials i.e.; monologues (3 new selections), resume, headshots, design sketches and/or final product.
    2. Acceptance and successful fulfillment of performance/crew assignments, and evidence of volunteer work on other Essential Theatre activities.
    3. Potential in the discipline
    4. Overall quality and demonstrated growth in work
    5. Cooperation and overall attitude
    6. Grade point average
 
Reinstatement
  1. Students may petition for reinstatement to scholarship status when they have successfully satisfied both one (1), two (2), three (3) and six (6) above. Only one reinstatement will be granted.
  2. The petition, in written form, must be sent to the Scholarship Committee no later than one week after receipt of grade report.
 
T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh Endowed Theatre Scholarship
 
Eligibility
1. Be a student of Black African descent currently enrolled at Florida A&M
     University as a full-time (12 credit hours minimum) undergraduate student who is
     a declared Theatre major;
2. Have a minimum cumulative post-secondary grade point average of 2.50 or if an
     entering freshman must have a minimum cumulative secondary grade point
     average of 3.00;
3. Display artistry in the area of theatre arts as an active member of the Essential
     Theatre with demonstrated commitment beyond classroom assignments.
 
How To Apply
  1. Student must complete a scholarship application.
  2. Applicants must forward a current transcript of their academic work with application.
  3. Write a statement of unmet financial need and an essay detailing their commitment to the promotion of positive Black African images in the media/entertainment industry; and
  4.  Applicants must arrange an audition/interview with the Committee:
    1. Performance applicants must audition before the Scholarship Committee. The audition must include two (2) monologues of contrasting styles, and a verse and a chorus of a song that is sung to piano accompaniment, or pre-recorded audio “instrumental only” accompaniment. Total audition not to exceed 4 minutes.
 
Out of town applicants who can’t make it to campus may arrange with the Scholarship Committee to send a pre-recorded video tape or DVD in lieu of the live audition.
 
    1. Technical theatre applicants must arrange an interview with the Scholarship Committee. Applicants must present a portfolio and a resume of backstage work.
 
Out of town applicants may arrange to forward slides, photos, or electronic portfolio in lieu of the live interview.
 
Upon Acceptance Of Scholarship
Awardees are expected to:
     1.    Provide a photograph and a written statement to the Committee, which may be used for promotional purposes; and
     2.    Accept performance roles as assigned, backstage and front of house assignments, and to volunteer for other Essential Theatre activities as needed.
 
Retention/Maintenance
  1. Scholars must maintain the “B” (3.0) average in their major courses.
  2. Scholars must maintain the minimum “C” (2.50) average in their semester courses
  3. Scholars must maintain the minimum “C” (2.50) cumulative grade point average.
a. Scholars whose cumulative average drops below “C” (2.50) or whose major
    course average drops below “B” (3.0) will be placed on “probationary status”
    not to exceed one (1) academic semester.
b. Scholars whose cumulative average drops below “C” (2.50) or whose major
    course average drops below “B” (3.0) at the conclusion of the probationary
    period will have scholarships revoked.
  1. Acceptance and successful fulfillment of performance/crew assignments, and evidence of volunteer work on other Essential Theatre activities.
 
The Scholarship Committee shall review scholars at the end of each semester. Evaluations and recommendations for retention shall be based on demonstrated Professional Development to include, but not limited to the following:
 
    1. Portfolio Review (Required audition/interview materials i.e.; monologues (3 new selections), resume, headshots, design sketches and/or final product.
    2. Acceptance and successful fulfillment of performance/crew assignments, and evidence of volunteer work on other Essential Theatre activities.
    3. Potential in the discipline
    4. Overall quality and demonstrated growth in work
    5. Cooperation, work ethic, and overall attitude
    6. Grade point average
 
Reinstatement
  1. Students may petition for reinstatement to scholarship status when they have successfully satisfied both one (1), two (2), three (3) and five (5) above. Only one reinstatement will be granted.
  2. The petition, in written form, must be sent to the Scholarship Committee no later than one week after receipt of grade report.
 
Students currently enrolled at Florida A&M University may apply by completing all the requirements listed above. A limit of one Theatre scholarship per academic year may be awarded to students enrolled in the program.
 
For more information, contact the Department of Visual Arts, Humanities and Theatre at (850) 599.3831.

Updated 4/3/2014
Michael C. LaBossiere