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Program Admission and Scholarship Application

Program Admittance and Scholarship Application

We are currently in the process of determining audition dates for the 2021-2022 academic year. When those dates are determined, you may register for an audition date and time.

When you sign up for an audition date on an application form, the date you select will be a day you can come to Cape Girardeau and tour the River Campus and have a chance to meet the faculty and students of the Conservatory. Select a date that works best for you to come and meet us.

Audition Guidelines and Applications

Select the appropriate application below (either Acting, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Design & Technology), then complete and submit it. Be sure to follow the upload instructions for your audition pieces.

We’ll send an email confirming that we’ve received your application and confirm the date you’ve selected for a visit. If you don’t want to visit the River Campus or would like to change the date of your visit, contact us at and we will make every effort to meet with you on a date that works for you.

We will participate in festivals and conferences such as SETC, MO Thespians, IL Thespians, International Thespians, and others. We will review video auditions and portfolio presentations from those festivals and invite select students to submit audition materials to the Conservatory.

Students who want to apply for admission to the BFA program or who want to apply for scholarships for either the BFA or BA programs can find audition guidelines, requirements, and the application at the links below for the options in which you are interested.

Progam Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit an application below for the option in which you are interested: Acting, Theatre Design and Technology, or Musical Theatre.

Scholarship Requirements

All Scholarship Applicants must have:

  • filled out and submitted this application at least 3 days prior to the date chosen for a visit to the Conservatory
  • applied to Southeast Missouri State University as a major in the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
  • achieved an Enhanced ACT composite score of at least 21
  • earned a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale)

All Scholarship Recipients must:

  • remain a major in the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
  • maintain a 2.5 cumulative Southeast grade point average
  • maintain a 3.0 cumulative Theatre & Dance grade point average
  • earn no lower than a “B” in all Rehearsal & Production classes
  • complete 30 credit hours per academic year
  • demonstrate, in the judgment of the Theatre & Dance faculty, acceptable artistic growth in her or his designated area of emphasis
  • fulfill all duties to the best of her or his ability while maintaining a positive and professional attitude

Scholarship Amounts & Additional Scholarships

  • All Theatre & Dance Scholarships are renewable with acceptable progress (see above) and are valued at $500, $1,000, or $1,500
  • All additional Merit-based Academic Scholarships (e.g., President’s, Regents’, & Governor’s.) and Leadership Award Scholarships are awarded automatically to qualified students as they are admitted into the university and may affect the award amount of Theatre & Dance Scholarship
  • Students whose financial aid is already at the highest level due to Regents’ or Governor’s Scholarships, are encouraged to audition for a Theatre & Dance Scholarship, although they may not be eligible for additional money. However, those students, as long as they continue to meet Theatre & Dance Scholarship requirements, may be awarded a Theatre & Dance Scholarship their sophomore, junior, or senior year should they not meet the renewal criteria of the academic scholarship, if funding is available.


Sara Steffens
River Campus Seminary 458
Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701