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Special Programs and Opportunities

From scholarships to off-campus internships in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, there are plenty of opportunities for incoming and current theatre students.

Distinguished Artist Awards

Renewable for four years, the Distinguished Artist Awards (DAA) provide eligible incoming art, dance, music, theatre or creative writing students with $2,500 each year toward their college costs. Theatre DAA recipients must plan to major or minor in theatreApply for the DAA in theater and audition on DAA Scholarship Day.

Independent Projects

Advanced students have the opportunity to work on independent student-led (THEA 490) productions, which include actors, designers, stage managers and directors. Students must apply one semester before the planned production.

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre

HSRT is an Equity Small Professional Theatre operating on Hope’s campus from May–August. Our students have the opportunity to work with theatre professionals from around the country through summer internships and employment.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Our students take advantage of exciting opportunities working directly with arts organizations in the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) New York Arts Program, the Chicago Semester and The Philadelphia Center.

Learn more about off-campus opportunities in theatre 

Theatre Department Jobs

There are several opportunities for students to earn money working in the department during the academic year. Check out our job descriptions.


  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program supports students’ intellectual engagement within and across the disciplines.
  • Through original research that combines traditional scholarly methods, creative production, experiential education and the digital liberal arts, students work independently or in teams, with the support of faculty mentors, to build the skills needed to plan, develop and undertake significant projects of research or artistic creation, and to carry them through to completion.
  • Mellon Scholars emerge from the program with knowledge and experience that will serve them well in postgraduate study, law school, medical school and in competition for national and international scholarship and fellowship awards at the highest levels.