Theatre & Dance

scholarships/ AUDITIONS


Winthrop students should check with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) for a wide variety of scholarships, competitive internships, grants, international study, etc.



Auditions are required for placement into any of our theatre or dance programs. Auditions are also used for awarding scholarships. We offer scholarships to qualified freshmen and transfer students who demonstrate a high level of achievement and who have applied to Winthrop University as theatre or dance majors.


To begin the audition process, please visit the link below where you can upload your audition materials. Your materials will be reviewed promptly, and we will notify all applicants around the end of March. For guideline and requirement questions please contact:

      •March 1, 2025, 10 AM

      •Located at Winthrop University 

      Application form

        Southeastern Theatre Conference Secondary School Auditions, Mobile, AL


scholarship opportunities

    Blair Beasley was on the theatre faculty from 1977 to 2001. His special interest was in directing and the teaching of directing. This interest inspired his former students and friends to establish with him a scholarship in his name. The faculty nominate a continuing student who shows promise in the field of stage direction for this scholarship.


    These scholarships are given in amounts of $1000 to $3000 and are available for students majoring in either theatre or dance. Decisions concerning these awards are made as a result an audition or portfolio review prior to enrolling at Winthrop. An award to an out-of-state student includes a grant to cover as much as $14,080 of out-of-state fees and are renewable for up to four years of award to students who continue to demonstrate a high level of achievement and active participation in the department's productions.

    We are also now accepting Dean's Meritorious Scholarship Award applications through

    This scholarship was created in 2007 to honor the memory of Lyssa Rauch. The faculty award this scholarship to a rising senior majoring in Theatre Education, majoring in Theatre and minoring in Education, or a 5th year MAT student majoring in Theatre Education. They should also be actively involved in theatre with a secondary interest in vocal music, instrumental music, dance, or children's theatre. The recipient should possess the same contagious zest for life and personal courage embodied by Lyssa Rauch. Eligible students must apply for this scholarship  in order to be considered.


    This scholarship was created in 2006 by the Alumni Association to honor long-time Director of the Alumni Office, Martie Curran. The faculty nominate an outstanding continuing theatre major for this scholarship.  

    The 2023-2024 Martie Curran Endowed Scholarship nominee is Paul Smith from Columbia, South Carolina.

    This prestigious scholarship, which provides for the full cost of tuition and is renewable for up to eight semesters, recognizes outstanding achievement of full-time incoming students majoring in theatre. It was established by the estate of Ann Coleman Peyton in honor of her mother, Mary Howey Deckle. Ann Coleman's cousin, Emmy Lou Howey, attended Winthrop but perished in a car accident in 1950 before she was able to complete her final year of study. This scholarship honors Emmy Lou Howey and Mary Howey Deckle through the generosity of Ann Coleman Peyton. Further information contact the Department office at 803/323-2287.


    The department faculty awards this scholarship to theatre and dance majors who have established themselves in the program by being active in the department. Out-of-state scholarships include a grant to cover as much as $14,080 of out-of-state fees. Continuing students must apply in order to be considered. The department's faculty review all applications and make the award decisions. Producers Circle information and application. The form is an editable pdf file. Students should download this file, fill out the requested information, print out a physical copy, sign it, and turn it in to the dept. office by the deadline.

    June McDuffee founded The Carolina Copy Cats in 2007. They perform about 30 lip-synched shows annually featuring the vintage music that is most recognized by senior audiences. The Copy Cat volunteers are at least 50 years of age. Proceeds from these performances fund the Carolina Copy Cats June McDuffee Scholarship that is awarded to a York County resident majoring in dance or theatre. For more information about joining or contributing to the Carolina Copy Cats, contact Jo Remmey at  


    This $500 scholarship was created by the City of Rock Hill in recognition of the dance program's continued contribution to the annual ChristmasVille celebration. The Winthrop RockHettes have charmed audiences for many years as part of the ChristmasVille parade and as featured performers in the kick-off ceremonies. The faculty nominate an outstanding continuing dance major who has participated in Winthrop RockHettes.