Theater Arts Scholars of Distinction Awards

Students acting

Theater Arts Award Category recognizes excellence in Minnesota’s top theater students and is co-sponsored by Perpich Center for Arts Education and MDE and supported by the Perpich Foundation and the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota. The initiative is open to 11th- and 12th-grade theater students willing to commit the time and dedication required to excel.

The designation Scholars of Distinction in Theater recognizes high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate outstanding knowledge, skills and creativity in theater arts. The program grants awards to students who can show extraordinary accomplishment in one or more of the following areas of theater: acting, playwriting, design and technical theater, or directing.
Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio, which will include an artistic statement, a resume, work samples and letters of recommendation. They will also design and present a culminating artistic project that displays expertise in their chosen area of theater arts.
Students who apply will demonstrate:
  • substantive knowledge in one of four major areas of theater.
  • ability to pursue theatrical creation and performance.
  • clear understanding of theatrical quality standards.
  • understanding of relationships between theater arts and other disciplines.
  • ability to apply theatrical knowledge to practical theatrical situations.
  • ability to effectively communicate theatrical knowledge and practice.
  • ability to interact with others in a theatrical context
For more information concerning the Scholars of Distinction in Theater Arts program contact outreach services.