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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

BA/BS Talent Grants

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What is a Talent Grant and what are the students' commitments?

A Freshman Talent Grant or Transfer Talent Grant may be awarded to an incoming student who meets Minnesota State Mankato admission stands and who plans to enroll as a Theatre & Dance major or plans to participate in theatrical activities. Grants are available to all majors and minors, whether they are planning to concentrate in the role of acting, musical theatre, design/technology, theatre generalist or dance.

Requirements during the year include enrolling in a minimum of 12 hours per semester and participating in at least three Mainstage (or equivalent) productions per year. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the grant.

Actors and dancers will be required to take part in an audition (specifics available on the Talent Grant form itself, which you can complete online here); designers/technicians will be interviewed by the staff and will be asked to bring samples or photographs of their previous work. Auditions are held in late February/early March each year, as well as the week before classes start in the fall. Talent Grant applicants may be asked to submit a DVD or provide a link to a YouTube video. If you have questions, you may contact the Chairman of the Department of Theatre & Dance, Paul J. Hustoles, at or 507-389-2118.

Freshmen and transfer students should also consider auditioning for admission to our Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Paul Hustoles, Chair
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Department of Theatre & Dance
201 Earley Center for Performing Arts
Mankato, MN 56001
Or e-mail: / Phone: 507-389-2118