The School of Theatre and Dance offers scholarships in specific areas of study. Scholarships are announced at the beginning of the Spring semester. Watch this page for Scholarship Applications for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.
To apply, please go to Academic Works and search by scholarship. You can also view all College of Liberal and Creative Arts scholarships by visiting the LCA website. The due dates on these may be earlier or later than the School of Theatre & Dance-specific scholarships.
Elkind Family Scholarship, $2500
The Elkind Family Scholarship for Theatre Arts Award provides scholarship awards to full-time continuing undergraduate and graduate students studying theatre arts with a GPA of 3.25 or above.
Clarence Miller Musical Theatre Scholarship, 6 scholarships for $1000 each
This merit-based scholarship is annually provided to continuing Theatre Arts undergraduate and graduate students of promise in Musical Theatre. The scholarship was originally set up in 1986 upon the generous support of a bequest from the estate of the late Professor Clarence Miller. Clarence Miller was the head of the formerly named Drama Department at SF State in the 1960s. During his tenure, he taught numerous students, spearheaded workshops and directed multiple musical theatre productions.
Dance Scholarship Fund - Susan Whipp Legacy Scholarship, 2 scholarships for $1000 each
With support from Dance Professor Emerita, Susan Messner-Whipp, the scholarship honors the legacy of the dance program at SF State with the hopes that honorees continue the rich heritage of artistic excellence, diversity and scholarship in the field that was envisioned at the inception of the Dance B.A. program. Professor Whipp was an active and beloved faculty member in the Dance Program starting in 1982 and served the University for over thirty years. Her support of the scholarship and the legacy of the Dance Program at SF State has helped countless students with their academic and career paths. Awarded to a promising junior dance student for their senior year.
Jules Irving Scholarship, 4 scholarships for $1000 each
This scholarship in memory of Jules Irving provides financial assistance to Theatre Arts students on an academic path in drama. Student awardees show a high degree of professional promise in theatre. This annual scholarship is merit-based and open to undergraduates and graduate students continuing their education in the School. Jules Irving (1925 – 1979) was an American actor, director, educator, and producer, who in the 1950s co-founded the San Francisco Actor's Workshop.
Jim Ponder Scholarship, 3 scholarships at $1000 each
Targeted to a promising undergraduate/graduate designer/technician in a theatrical design area.
Students have an opportunity to develop internships at local theatres and dance companies within the San Francisco Bay Area. With faculty advisement and off-campus supervision, these internship experiences give students a foothold in the profession before they graduate. In the past our students have held these positions at leading regional companies including A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and ODC just to name a few.
If you're Performing Arts Organization interested in offering internships to SF State students, please contact the School of Theatre & Dance by email at email@example.com.
The Players Club at SF State is a student-run organization representing SF State Theatre students. The Players Club organizes club events and activities for students throughout the year. Every SF State Theatre Arts student is automatically a member of Players Club—no fees or sign-ups required! Officers are elected annually by their fellow students.
The Players Club at SF State is responsible for a whole host of activities. Some recurring favorites include the Welcome Back BBQ, Shotgun Play Festival, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Theme Night, Golden Burritos, and the annual Players Club Show. Follow us on social media for updates on events and DM us with any of your questions or comments. We're always looking for fresh ideas and new ways to make the Theatre Arts program even more awesome!
The Student Dance Alliance at San Francisco State University is an association of student dancers with the intention of promoting dance as an essential art form at the University. The main purpose of this organization is to supplement the University with an alliance of students who will not only participate in functions which go to support the organization, but to also give students an opportunity to showcase their craft through the medium of creative and expressive movement
Facebook: Student Dance Alliance at SF State
Since our return to campus, the School of Theatre & Dance is reserving limited space in our classrooms, studios, and theatres on a case-by-case basis. Please come and see us in the office, M-F, 10-4 to inquire about space availability.