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Detroit Mercy Theatre Company

Performance and Academic Scholarship Auditions

A competitive talent scholarship program for performers and stage managers with awards up to $13,000 a year.

Your B.A. with a major in theatre starts here! The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company provides opportunities to work on an off stage with professionals and faculty. Students are challenged each day to go toe-to-toe with the pros, and take theatre into unconventional venues. The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Performance and Academic Scholarship is a talent- and performance- based scholarship for elite students majoring in theatre at Detroit Mercy with awards up to $13,000 a year.

What are your next steps?
Step One: Apply to the University of Detroit Mercy.  Free online application at

Step Two: Schedule a Detroit Mercy campus visit that will include an audition and interview with the Performing Arts Department faculty for acceptance into the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC).  Students auditioning on campus can earn additional performance and academic scholarship funds totaling up to $13,000.  By visiting campus, students will earn a $1,000 visit scholarship.

Sign up for your campus visit and audition for the DMTC Performance and Academic Scholarship Auditions:

Note: Additional audition dates can be arranged through Andrew Papa, Assistant Professor of Theatre, at 313-993-3270

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company on-campus audition preparation:     
  • 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.
  • Email a copy of your resume and current headshot to by the RSVP deadline.  Scrapbooks and press clippings will not be accepted. 
  • Prepare to discuss your theatre passion with the DMTC faculty.  Why are you interested in majoring in theatre?  How could you change the world with a degree in theatre?   What are your dreams?

Note: Stage Managers and undecided theatre students do not have to perform monologues but need to provide a letter of recommendation from a theatre teacher or qualified professional that speaks about the student’s strengths, due by the RSVP date.

DMTC's mission: our theatre is our community.

The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC), composed of faculty, students and local professionals,  has been an established and  respected member of the Detroit area theatre community since 1972. Using an apprenticeship approach to stimulate artistic growth in a creative production process, we combine the work of seasoned professionals with young talents.

Students entering the program will work with departmental advisors to develop the course of study that best suits the student’s professional goals. University of Detroit Mercy offers a bachelor of arts with a major or minor in Theatre. The Detroit Mercy Performing Arts Department is concerned with stimulating artistic expression by articulate, dynamic and creative people. The program is designed to prepare students to enter the profession as performers, stage managers, directors, or educators. A conservatory-style approach in the classroom ensures that students receive personal guidance provided by faculty and carefully chosen artistic associates. Emphasis on small class size enhances the student’s potential for rapid development.

The department’s philosophy, which centers on the strengths gained in apprenticeship training, is practiced in the application of classroom techniques to performance and professional practices found in the performing arts. Toward this end the department sponsors a season of at least four major productions and provides opportunities for student performances in other special projects.

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