Evelyn Anderson Theatre and Dance Scholarship

Gustavus Adolphus College recognizes theatre and dance as integral components of a liberal arts education. Through coursework and performances, students are encouraged to develop creativity, knowledge, and skills necessary for perceptive, expressive interpretations of life. The Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to the liberal arts ideal and involves majors and non-majors in classes and productions. The Evelyn Anderson Theatre and Dance Scholarships reward accomplishment and the potential for continued growth in theatre and dance.

The scholarships are named for Evelyn Anderson, an extraordinary teacher and director at Gustavus Adolphus College from 1938 to 1974. For 36 years, “Mrs. A.” fired the imaginations of countless numbers of students through her legendary classes and her bold and elegant productions. Passion, discipline, and high style were hallmarks of Professor Anderson’s work. In 1971, her dream of an intimate, classical theatre on the Gustavus campus was realized with the opening of a 270-seat theatre modeled after the original Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Upon her retirement in 1974, the theatre was dedicated to Evelyn and Evan Anderson.
The scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,000 annually, recognize students with demonstrated talent and commitment to continuing participation in theatre and/or dance activities in college. It is the intent of the scholarship committee that each recipient should have experience in one or more of the interests fostered within the Department of Theatre and Dance: acting, directing, design, technical theatre, theatre for social change, and dance. Finalists for the Evelyn Anderson Theatre and Dance Scholarship will be invited to campus for an audition to be held February 22, 2014.

Annual renewal of the scholarship requires a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, a 3.33 grade point average in the student’s major, and approved participation each semester within the Department of Theatre and Dance. Qualifying participation may include a class, a crew position, a role, or similar time commitment. Required participation also includes at least one weekend project (about 3 hours) in production or public relations each year.

Positions in departmental plays and dance concerts are by audition. While receipt of an Anderson Scholarship does not guarantee placement in a production or ensemble, Anderson Scholars have the privilege of pre-registering for theatre/dance classes in high demand. Scholars are also invited to special gatherings of Theatre/Dance alumni and/or guest artists each year.

Candidates must submit an application for admission to Gustavus Adolphus College and complete the Evelyn Anderson Theatre & Dance Scholarship application. Students need not be majors to qualify for these awards.

The Theatre and Dance Department at Gustavus Adolphus College, with its eight full and affiliate faculty members, offers a complete range of practical and academic courses. The Department annually produces four faculty-directed plays, one dance concert, and a number of student-directed performances. Guest artists and instructors regularly enrich the program. The Department is committed to general education and involves non-majors in its classes and productions; however, the Department also aims to serve students who are interested in theatre or dance as a career. Facilities include the 270-seat, thrust-stage Anderson Theatre, a fifty-seat Black Box rehearsal and performance space, the 2,150 square-foot Kresge Dance Studio, and fully-equipped shops for scenery and costume construction.