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Alton Williams and V. Goodwyn & Ann Dickinson Welsh Scholarships

The Department of Theatre and Dance awards one scholarship of approximately $12,000 renewable for four years to one entering first-year student.

William H. Lockey Jr. Scholarship/John D. Welsh Scholarship

Every four years, the Department of Theatre and Dance awards two scholarships renewable for four years to two entering first-year students.

You can apply for a department scholarships by submitting a theatre and/or dance portfolio through your Office of Admission Spider Portal with the requested materials for your area:

  • For theatre designers, an electronic portfolio (media file or link) containing up to 12 photographs of theatrical design work that includes at least one photo of a realized design or portion thereof.
  • For actors and dancers, an audio or video recording or link containing a recorded audition of two contrasting solo pieces, lasting no more than five minutes total for both pieces. If you would like to sing, you will be allowed two additional minutes.


  • Write an essay of 500 words or less in which you describe your interest in the field of theatre and/or dance and specifically why you are interested in the program at the University of Richmond. You will share this essay after submitting your portfolio.

**Please note that you’ll need to submit your admission application before you can submit your theatre or dance portfolio.

Please include a headshot and resume with your application.

Actors should prepare contrasting monologues lasting no more than five minutes total.

Dancers should present two solos of contrasting styles to demonstrate breadth of experience. It is highly recommended that at least one of the pieces be your own original choreography. No costumes, practice clothes only.