Congratulations on being selected as an Irene Ryan Scholarship Nominee! The information and links below will help you register and prepare for your audition.
NEW FOR 2020
We will run two preliminary round audition rooms simultaneously on Tuesday and Wednesday of
CHANGES TO THE REGISTRATION FORM
Please read the registration form carefully at the links below, as some of the requirements have changed.
Contact the Irene Ryan Coordinators.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP
Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty “Granny Clampett” in The Beverly Hillbillies.
The Irene Ryan Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Foundation disburses the financial awards through a school designated by the winner, to pay tuition and fees for further education, not necessarily limited to theatre arts.
Student actors in both Participating and Associate productions are eligible for nomination. Nominations are by KCACTF regional respondents and the faculty from the participating schools.
ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS:
- 16 regional festival awards of $500
- 2 national festival awards of $3500 presented in Washington, D.C.
- 1 Best Partner award of $250 presented at the national festival
The list of awards and opportunities associated with the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions at the national festival continues to expand each year making this one of the most exciting educational and artistic opportunities for student actors in the country.
Recent awards made at the national festival include fellowships with these prestigious partners:
- Society of American Fight Directors’ National Stage Combat Workshop
- Williamstown Theatre Festival Fellowship for outstanding minority candidates
- KCACTF National Partners Classical Acting Award
- Dramatists Guild Award for Excellence in a Performance from a New Play or Musical
- Mark Twain Prize for Comic Performance
- Margolis Method Summer Intensive in Minneapolis
- Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre and Mad River Festival
- Sundance Theatre Laboratory
Other awards may be made at the regional level. Students and coaches are encouraged to consult their regional chair or regional Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions Coordinator for more information on regional awards.
CHOOSE A PARTNER
Select a partner who is able to rehearse with you during the fall semester and winter break. Ryan partners may work with two different Ryan nominees, but no more than two. Ryan nominees may not partner other Ryan nominees. Nominees must work with the same partner for both scenes. Choose selections that are appropriate for both of you but feature the nominee and meet the Ryan criteria. Read the contents of this website and its links for tips, rules, and explanations. Seek out faculty guidance in preparing for the audition and completing the remaining steps. (See “Preparing Your Audition”)
SECURE THE RIGHTS
Double and triple check that you have permission to perform all three pieces you’ve selected. See http://kcactf.org/performance/irene-ryan-scholarship-auditions/royalties-and-permissions.html for information regarding “pre-approved” plays with various publishers. Take note of certain playwright exceptions with some of the publishers. You will need to know the publisher (and “pre-approved” status) of each piece in order to complete the online Ryan Registration Form. To find the publisher of a particular play, a good, though not perfect,
COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM TO REGISTER
Nominees MUST complete the online Irene Ryan Registration Form by December 15,
The best part of the Ryan process is the opportunity to grow and learn from the experience. Regional faculty respondents will provide each student individual feedback after the preliminary round, and semi-final and final round selectors will give responses after each of those rounds.
RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP
The Irene Ryan Foundation awards sixteen regional and two national scholarships annually. One nominee and partner from every region will be invited to the national festival and the nominee will receive a $500 scholarship. The runner-up in each region will receive a $500 scholarship, but will not attend the national festival to audition for the national scholarship. Students and coaches are encouraged to consult their regional chair or regional Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Coordinator for information on other regional awards. The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships are, indeed, scholarships; so the Foundation disburses the award through a school designated by the winner, to pay tuition and fees for further education, not necessarily limited to theatre arts. Feel free to contact us with questions regarding the Ryans. We look forward to seeing you in January 2020!
WATCH THE RYANS
Faculty members and students who have paid their Festival registration fee may observe the preliminary rounds of the Ryans. However,
AND! Break a leg Ryan nominees and partners!!!
Irene Ryan Coordinator & Illinois State Chair
University of Illinois – Springfield
Associate Professor of Theatre
Department of Art, Music, and Theatre
One University Plaza, MS VPA 62
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
Heidi Winters Vogel
Irene Ryan Assistant Coordinator
Associate Professor of Theater
301 W. Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933