Grants and Scholarships
While there are no auditions for admission to the Drama program, we do hold scholarship auditions and portfolio reviews to determine initial offerings of Activity Grants for first year students only. Spring 2018 Activity Grant auditions and interviews for incoming students will take place on campus Saturday, March 10, 2018; please contact the Department of Drama for more details. Once students are enrolled at Hofstra they may apply for these grants each semester, even if one is not initially received in March. We are only able to offer about six to incoming students, but about 50 continuing students are granted such scholarships. These grants are applied to tuition and serve as a subsidy to students heavily involved in departmental rehearsal and performance activities that make outside employment inadvisable. In addition to these activity grants, many of our students qualify for other university scholarships and loans.
How To Apply
- Submit an application to the University.
The student should file a formal application for admission to Hofstra as soon as possible, indicating on the application that he/she wishes to be a drama major. The standard Financial Aid Form should be obtained from the high school office and sent as soon as possible, asking that a copy be sent to Hofstra’s Admission Office.
- Send all required Activity Grant Audition material to the Drama and Dance Department no later than February 27.
The applicant should write to the Department of Drama and Dance no later than February 27 informing the Department that he/she has applied for admission to the University. Your request for anaudition/interview should also include home address, telephone number, a resume of experience in theater work and programs corroborating this work. Two recommendations must be sent by adults who can comment on the applicant's proficiency and potential in theater. These may be sent separately or included in the packet. This material should be forwarded to:
Department of Drama and Dance
118 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549-1180
Fax: (516) 463-4001
Audition for, or interview with, the faculty.
Auditions and interviews will take place Saturday, March 10, 2018. A student will not be given a specific appointment on that date until the Department has been notified by the Admissions Office of his/her acceptance to the University, i.e, only accepted students may audition/interview for a grant.
Students who are interested in performance, and wish to sing, must prepare a memorized, one minute monologue and one minute of a song from the Golden Age of Musicals (1940's – 1960's). Bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No recorded accompaniment, please.
Students who are interested in performance, but do not wish to sing, must prepare two memorized contrasting monologues, each of which is no more than one minute in length. One piece may be classical.
Students interested in design, technical production, stage management, or directing, should bring portfolios, prompt books, photographs or other appropriate supporting material.
Candidates who live at a considerable distance may submit an audition or portfolio online, or by sending a DVD. When submitting an online video audition:
- Go to youtube account
- Click upload in upper right corner
- Click privacy dropdown in center of upload area, set to public or unlisted
- Upload the video
Once upload is completed and processed, go to the video and click “share” underneath right corner of video, copy the link shown and send it to us.
All other materials (CV, letters of recommendation, etc) must be sent to the Departmental address listed above, c/o Angela Visco.
Grants are awarded to freshmen on the basis of potential and talent. These awards are renewable and may be increased through significant activity in the Department. Students not awarded a grant in their freshman year may reapply at the end of the first semester. Transfer students are eligible after their first semester.
Auditions are held in February and March for acceptance into the BFA Dance Program, for placement in the technique classes for both the BA and BFA, and to determine Activity Grant awards. The Dance Program administers a limited number of talent/activity grants that may range from $500 to $5,000 per year and are renewable. They are based primarily on the student’s potential as a dancer and his/her contribution to the program. Additional grants are also available for outstanding continuing students. Departmental scholarships are in addition to any other university scholarships, grants or loans for which the student might qualify.
How to Apply
- Submit an application to the University.
The student should file a formal application for admission to Hofstra as soon as possible, indicating on the application that he/she wishes to be a dance major. The standard Financial Aid Form should be obtained from the high school office and sent as soon as possible, asking that a copy be sent to Hofstra’s Admission Office.
- Register for auditions with the Dance Department beginning the first week of January.
The applicant should e-mail the Department of Drama and Dance Secretary at Angela.Visco@Hofstra.edu beginning the first week in January and no later than February 15 informing the Department that he/she has applied for admission and wishes to register for an audition.
- Audition for the faculty.
The audition dates are usually mid-Feb. (in Manhattan) and early March (on campus). Students may attend either audition and should contact the department secretary at Angela.Visco@Hofstra.edu for detailed instructions. For either audition, students should arrive at 9:00 AM for registration. The applicant must bring with them an 8 x 10 photograph, preferably full-length in dance attire, with name, address, and telephone number clearly printed on the back. The applicant should also bring a dance resume which lists prior dance experience: type of training, names of teachers and schools attended, years studied and the number of times per week classes were taken. Students should be dressed in tights and a leotard (any color) and should have ballet slippers. Students will need to have bare feet for the Modern class. Hair should be securely fastened away from the face. The audition will consist of a one-hour Ballet class (10-11) followed by a one-hour Modern class (11-12). After that, approximately twenty dancers will be chosen for scholarship consideration. Dancers will present a short solo dance of no longer than 1 to 2 minutes. The solo may be an excerpt from a dance previously learned or choreographed, but please note that Tap is not considered for the dance audition and Pointe is not preferred. If using music, the applicant must supply a CD or Ipod/phone. Audio resources will be provided.