2021 Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition Guidelines

There are several adaptations to the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions for 2021. The following outlines the major shifts in process, due in part to the Corona virus, but also as part of our ongoing commitment to ensure equitable access to a quality festival experience for students throughout Region 1. If you have any questions about these criteria or processes, please reach out to Anthony DePoto, Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition Chair, or one of the Region 1 Co-Chairs, Tom Rothacker or Vana Trudeau.

All Preliminary Entries (either nominated from a Production or an Independent entry) must be submitted by TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2020.

Submit Your Preliminary Entry Here!

  • The Preliminary & Semi-Final rounds for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition will be PRE-RECORDED.
  • All national KCACTF rules and regulations apply for performance permissions (Red List and Green List) and royalties. This information is HERE (opens a new page on the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts website)
  • Musical Auditions will not be accepted for 2021
  • Each Irene Ryan candidate will submit their material properly labeled to which round it corresponds with.
  • All performances/recordings must be presented in one continuous take with NO internal cuts or post production editing.
  • The performance must be recorded using a three-quarter shot, so the nominee is framed from the knees up.
  • Failure to adhere to any of the 2020-21 Irene Ryan guidelines may result in elimination from the program.
  • Material for BOTH the Preliminary and Semi-Final rounds shall be digitally submitted by MONDAY, JANUARY 11th, 2021. (LINK to be LIVE by 12/1/20)

Preliminary Round

  • The Irene Ryan nominee will submit 1 TWO-MINUTE monologue either classical or contemporary, no longer than two minutes, excluding time to slate.
    • Each preliminary round submission should be slated as follows: “Hello! My name is ________ and I am nominee number ____. For my preliminary round selection I will be performing “Character Name” in a selection from “Show Title,” by “Playwright.”  Do not mention the name of your school!
  • Monologues over two minutes will not be accepted.
  • All Preliminary Round participants will receive feedback from an impartial respondent.

Semi Final Round (submitted at the same time as the Preliminary Round)

  • The Irene Ryan nominee will submit a 2nd monologue selection, either classical or contemporary, no longer than two minutes, excluding time to slate. This selection must CONTRAST the Preliminary Round piece.
    • Each Semi-Final round submission should be slated as follows: “Hello! My name is ________ and I am nominee number ____. For the Semi-Final round I will be performing “Character Name” in a selection from “Show Title,” by “Playwright.”  Do not mention the name of your school!
  • Monologues over two minutes will not be accepted.
  • A cohort of 32 Semi-Finalists will be identified after the Preliminary response round and receive a second round of feedback from impartial respondents and selectors.

Final Round

  • A cohort of 16 finalists will be identified after candidates receive feedback from selectors and respondents in the Semi-Final round.
  • Finalists will re-record and submit both monologues from the Preliminary and Semi-Final Rounds. Both pieces must be recorded together in one take with no post production editing.
  • The total combined time for both pieces presented must be under four minutes, excluding time to slate.
    • Each Final round submission should be slated as follows: “Hello! My name is ________ and I am nominee number ____. For the Final round I will be performing “Character Name” in a selection from “Show Title,” by “Playwright,” followed by “Character Name” in a selection from “Show Title,” by “Playwright.””  Do not mention the name of your school!
  • Date and Link for submission TBD