Educational development in the live theatre arts is one of the main components of TAG’s mission. In keeping with this mission, TAG has created a scholarship fund to assist area high school seniors in pursuing higher education. Every spring, TAG solicits scholarship applications from graduating seniors in the metropolitan area planning to pursue at least a minor in one of the theatre arts at a college, university, or approved school of drama.

The TAG scholarship program is funded almost exclusively through private contributions and donations at TAG Night Out preview performances throughout the year. Since the program’s inception, TAG has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to deserving area students. Many of the scholarship recipients are working in the theatre arts today. Notable past recipients include Andrew Rannels, Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon and a recurring character on the HBO Series Girls, Leisha Hailey, a series regular on Showtime’s The L Word and frequent guest star on various television series, and “Q” Smith of the Broadway and national touring productions of Mary Poppins.

Application Instructions and Requirements

The Theatre Arts Guild, Inc. (TAG) is pleased to announce that it will once again be awarding at least two $2000 in scholarships to area students planning to pursue the study of theatre arts at a college, university, or performing arts school.

Students interested in applying should complete the form at the bottom of this page. Click here to go directly to that form.


REQUIREMENTS To be considered, an applicant for the TAG scholarship must be:

  1. A resident of the Omaha Metropolitan Area (within a 50-mile radius of Omaha)
  2. A graduating senior at a high school or GED program
  3. Planning to pursue a degree in theatre arts (acting, dance, voice, direction, design, broadcasting, theatre management, technical design, etc.) at a college, university, or accredited school of drama


  1. Complete the Theatre Arts Guild Scholarship Application Information Form below.
  2. Receive a full scholarship application to complete and submit electronically by February 1, 2016 at 11:59pm.
  3. Receive instructions for requesting two letters of recommendation, which need to be submitted by February 1, 2016 at 11:59pm.
  4. Be contacted to schedule an interview or audition, which will take place by appointment only on the morning of Saturday, February 25 at the Omaha Community Playhouse (6915 Cass Street).


INTERVIEW and AUDITION or PRESENTATION Each applicant will give a presentation showcasing his or her area of interest as indicated below:

  1. Acting/Musical Presentation: two contrasting audition pieces with a TOTAL audition time of FIVE MINUTES. Time limit will be strictly enforced. A piano will be available, but applicant must provide own accompanist. If applicant is unable to find an accompanist, a recording is acceptable. Applicant is responsible for providing his/her own means of playing recorded music.
    1. Please note: applicant should show a range of abilities. It is recommended that the applicant chose contrasting pieces that demonstrate acting range or acting range in addition to other skills. (e.g. a dramatic and comedic monologue, a monologue and a song, a dance and a monologue, or other similar combination.
  2. Costume/Prop/Set/Makeup Design: portfolio of sketches, drawings, renderings, photos, etc., accompanied by an oral presentation NOT TO EXCEED FIVE MINUTES. Time limit will be strictly enforced. Do not send portfolio with application.
  3. Light/Sound Design: portfolio with descriptive plot for a show or scene accompanied by an oral presentation NOT TO EXCEED FIVE MINUTES. Time limit will be strictly enforced. Do not send portfolio with application.
  4. Direction/Stage Management: portfolio with blocking and character analysis for a production or scene accompanied by an oral presentation NOT TO EXCEED FIVE MINUTES. Time limit will be strictly enforced. Do not send portfolio with application.
  5. All applicants will be asked through interview questions to talk about their plans for furthering their education, their goals for contributing to the theatre community in Omaha or more broadly, and their reasons for participating in the arts.


February 1 – Application materials due (application and letters of reference)
February 25 – Interviews and auditions held at Omaha Community Playhouse
March Board Meeting – TAG Board approval
Monday after March Board Meeting – Notification of awards

For questions, please contact Suzanne Withem (