URTA | Awards

CANDIDATE AWARDS

URTA Candidate Awards provide free registration for the URTA Auditions and Interviews, including free admission to continuing education sessions and other programming. The Candidate Award is currently offered in several ways:

SOUND DESIGN

Recognizing the important growth in the field of sound design and the goal of introducing graduate study to students with backgrounds outside traditional theater, URTA offers a Candidate Award to all candidates in Sound Design.

ARTS LEADERSHIP

URTA is committed to increasing diversity among leadership in the American theater. To support those seeking training in areas including arts administration, theatre management, producing and arts entrepreneurship, URTA offers a Candidate Award to all candidates in Arts Leadership.

KENNEDY CENTER – AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATER FESTIVAL

For 50 years, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. KC-ACTF is a natural partner with URTA and to underscore our overlapping missions, URTA provides Candidate Awards to the following qualified KC-ACTF participants:

• National Finalists for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship
• SDC Directing Initiative fellows
• Finalists for the National Award for Design Excellence (Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound)
• KCACTF National Stage Management Fellows

URTA also supports the Kingsley Colton Award for Outstanding Partner with a $500 scholarship. The recipient is selected each year at the KCACTF national festival in Washington, D.C.

PAY-IT-FORWARD CANDIDATE AWARDS

Each year, candidates for the URTA Auditions and Interviews may opt to donate as little as $1 to the Pay-it-Forward fund, which supports awards to candidates based on personal hardship and other considerations. Donations to the Pay-it-Forward fund are generously matched by URTA partner, Acceptd.

Candidates interested in applying to receive a Pay-It-Forward award for the current URTA application cycle should review the application requirements and apply below. A limited number of awards are open to eligible candidates who demonstrate need for a registration fee waiver. Candidates will submit a short personal essay outlining their need for the support, and why they are seeking a graduate degree at this time. Candidates must also provide a letter of recommendation from a colleague, mentor, employer, or teacher, speaking to the candidate’s need and deservedness of the award. These materials must be submitted via the online submission form no later than November 1, 2019. Award recipients will be notified on November 8, 2019. Recipients will then have two weeks to complete their URTA registration on Acceptd. Those that do not complete their registration in time will forfeit their award, which will be awarded to an alternate recipient.

EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The URTA Excellence Awards in Undergraduate Training were established to recognize undergraduate instructors, coaches, mentors and their respective institutions for excellence in the training and preparation of undergraduate theatre artists, URTA recognizes one coach/mentor in each discipline annually, as well as two institutions – one in acting and one in design and technology. Recipients are selected by teams of adjudicators, based on a review of candidates’ materials and preparedness at the URTAs. The two institutions each receive a Candidate Award for a student attending the following year’s URTA Auditions and Interviews.

SCOTT L. STEELE LEGACY AWARD

URTA recently announced the formation of the Scott L. Steele Legacy Fund. Named for our long-serving executive director, the fund will provide a monetary award to a small number of MFA graduates from URTA member universities each year, to support these promising artists in their transition from training into the professional field. More information about the application and selection process will be available soon.

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