Ryan’s/MTSA

Irene Ryan / Musical Theater
Scholarship Auditions

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions

The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. 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.


Important Change: Due to Covid-19 and the ongoing pandemic this year the Irene Ryan’s will be significantly different than previous years. Please read the following carefully.

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Apply for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition program in Region 7

Musical Theatre Scholarship Auditions

he National KCACTF Musical Theatre Fellowship program is designed to celebrate, recognize, and foster outstanding musical theatre students from colleges and universities throughout the nation. The National Musical Theatre Fellowship cohort will be comprised of at least one student selected from each of the eight Regional festivals.  Selected students will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the KCACTF National Festival at the Kennedy Center to participate in the Musical Theatre Intensive Fellowship. The curriculum is designed and led by KCACTF representatives and D.C. Theatre professionals.

Each participant must attend one of two workshops given before the Audition. You will find them in your schedule when you arrive at the Festival. Be sure to click on the link to review the guidelines for the MTSA.

Apply for the KCACTF Musical Theatre Fellowship program in Region 7

The Irene Ryan and Musical Theatre Scholarship Audition Finalists will be presented on the closing night of the Regional Conference.