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Theatre CAPA Scholarship Audition Information

The Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship (CAPA) for theatre is an equivalent amount to that of "in-state" tuition and mandatory fees. For qualifying students, the CAPA Scholarship may be renewed for up to eight semesters.

For best consideration, applicants should have:

  • A minimum 3.50 high school cumulative grade point average (when applicable, the cumulative average of B+ or 85%). Transfer students should have a college/university cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Applied to the University of Maryland by the priority admissions date and declared theatre as a major or secondary major of interest.
  • Submitted a complete application by December 11, 2023

Transfer students must include an official transcript from an accredited college or university in their application packet.

Auditions for the 2024/2025 academic year will be on Monday, December 18, 2023, at 11 am. This is the only audition day offered and applicants must be in attendance for consideration.

Applications received after Monday, December 11, 2023 will not be accepted.

**Please note that an audition is not required to declare theatre as your major, and your participation in the audition does not guarantee admission to the University of Maryland. The UMD Admissions Office will contact students with official admission decisions by the dates indicated on the admissions website.**

For purposes of these auditions, we ask you to choose one area of concentration.

Audition Information

Performance students:

Prepare one 1 1/2 minute monologue (maximum). This should be from within your age and range. The material must be from a play and not a film script or novel. Use contemporary plays only, and no material from monologue books or original works. In addition, if it is your strength, you may sing a maximum of 32 bars. This can be acapella or with accompaniment. Do not choose to sing unless this is your strong point! 

For assistance in deciding on the right monologue, see HERE.

Design and Production students:

Prepare a four‐minute presentation (maximum) of a design or technical project you have done. Presentations may include drawings, renderings, floor plans, models, photos, boards, etc. It should include a discussion of the nature of your design and production experience (i.e. any research involved, budget or physical resources, design concepts, stage limitations, construction problems, assessment of final results).

Complete Application Packets submitted online only must include:

  • One audition application form
  • One copy of your theatrical resume (1 page, 1 side only) 
  • One original headshot photo (5” x 7” or greater; black and white or color; does not need to be professional)
  • One copy of a 250-word (maximum) essay (typewritten on a single page) on the topic: How has theatre influenced you to apply for admission to the University of Maryland? 
  • Transfer students only: an unofficial transcript from the college or university you attended. This can be emailed directly to

Click here for application instructions
Applications received after Monday, December 11, 2023 will not be accepted.