Performing Arts Talent Scholarship


Earn up to 50% off tuition!

Your creative future starts at Detroit Mercy by earning a B.A. degree with a major in theatre! Join us as we DISCOVER new worlds and places that look just like our own. Learn by COLLABORATING and exploring diverse perspectives with courage and compassion. Develop diverse SKILLS leading towards many different career paths. Experience how MENTORSHIP is at the cornerstone of our program and the launching pad for a network full of connections and opportunities.  Be amazed as you apply classroom theory to stage-time practice while creating transformative experiences that lead to FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES.

Before auditioning take a close look at our department brochure that highlights our core concepts that you will learn while a student at Detroit Mercy.   Click here to view our Department Brochure!

Are you ready for your creative future to begin?  

Step One: apply

Apply to the University of Detroit Mercy and declare Theatre as your major. Free online application.

Please remember to upload:
1. High School Transcript
2. ACT/SAT Scores
3. Essay (250+ Words/No Prompt)
4. Two Letters of Recommendation
5. Resume
6. Headshot

Step Two: audition on campus, online, or at a theatre festival

Option One: audition at a theatre festival

The Department of Performing Arts will be attending the college auditions at the following festivals:

Ohio Unified Auditions & Tech Interviews: November 5, 2022 at Westerville Central High School

Michigan Educational Thespian Festival December 9 and 10, 2022 in Lansing, MI

Indiana Educational Thespian Festival  January 20, 21, and 22, 2023 at St. Mary's College in South Bend, IN

If you are attending a festival and interested in Detroit Mercy, please stop by our information table at the festival and speak with a representative.

If you received a Talent Scholarship at a Festival 

Step One:  Apply for free using the Common App or at  In your application, declare Theatre as your major.

Step Two:  Email a copy of your scholarship certificate to to accept the offer.  Admissions will work with Financial Aid to develop a full financial aid packet that will include this scholarship.  Other scholarships and opportunities may be available based on your GPA, transcript and other factors.

Step Three: You’re invited to attend a Visit Day which provides an opportunity to tour campus, explore academic programs, and meet professors at Detroit Mercy. Visit Day scholarships of up to $1,000 may be available.

Step Four: Experience Theatre at Detroit Mercy!

You are invited to attend a production at The Marlene Boll Theatre! Tour the facilities, meet our team of professional and student artists before seeing a performance. Free tickets are available for you and your family. Come see where your creative future can take you!

Option Two: audition and interview online

Email Video Submission (For Actors)

Your video should include an introduction, letting us know your name, your high school, and the play and playwright for your two audition pieces.  Please view the above video to assist you in creating your email video submission.  Audition pieces must meet the following requirements:

a) Perform two memorized contrasting monologues (comic/serious, contemporary/historical). Pieces must be from published plays or musicals. Film and television monologues will not be accepted.   Please contact the Performing Arts Department if you need assistance in finding monologues.

b) Afterwards, please discuss your theatre passion.  Why are you interested in majoring in theatre?  How could you change the world with a degree in theatre?   What are your dreams?

Email Video Submission (Non-Actors)

For all non-actors, your video should include an introduction, letting us know your name and your high school. Also, please prepare a testimonial about your passion for theatre.  Why are you interested in majoring in theatre?  How could you change the world with a degree in theatre?   What are your dreams?

While stage managers, technicians, designers, theatre managers, and undecided theatre students do not have to perform monologues, they do need to upload a letter of recommendation from a theatre teacher or qualified professional that speaks about the student’s strengths.

How to submit your email video audition?

1. Submit your video audition by emailing us at   We accept video files and YouTube links to your video. 

2. We will confirm that we received your video and pair it with your online application to Detroit Mercy.

Option Three: on campus audition and interview

Schedule a Detroit Mercy campus visit that will include an audition and interview with the Department of Performing Arts faculty and staff.  To schedule a physical or virtual visit please email 

Need help finding a monologue?   Try these resources:

Suggested Plays:

Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck, Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley, The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein, Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg and Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies

Suggested Collections:

Humana Play Festival (Any Year), Exceptional Monologues for Men and Women (Volume 1 or Volume  2) by Samuel French Publishing, The Best Men’s Stage Monologues (Any Year) by Smith and Kraus Publishing or The Best Women’s Stage Monologues (Any Year) by Smith and Kraus Publishing