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Scholarship offered to young adult thespians

By: Ellen Lampe


The March 1 deadline is approaching for local young actors to register to compete in the National Society of Arts and Letters [NSAL] 2019 Chapter Drama Competition. NSAL – a non-profit organization that recognizes and supports talented, young, emerging artists – will award prizes up to $2,000 and the opportunity to compete at the national competition for up to $12,000.

Actors ages 18-27 are eligible to apply. Contestants are encouraged to start planning early as they must present two audition monologues from memory, including a comedic and serious piece.

Actors must register for the competition by March 1 at https://nsalstl.org/competitions. The contestants will perform for a panel of top-ranked professional judges at the NSAL Chapter Drama Competition on March 16 at Webster University in St. Louis.

The first-place winner will receive $2,000 and full financial support to compete for up to $12,000 at the national competition in Washington D.C. from May 30-June 2. The second-place chapter winner will receive $1,000; the third-place chapter winner will receive $750.

“The NSAL competition was an amazing experience for me,” said Drew Battles, theatre instructor at John Burroughs School, former regional competition winner and national competition runner-up. “The $5,000 I won made it possible for me to take a huge risk and move to New York City. Later, I gained experience by going to Brown University and earning a Master of Fine Arts. Now I’m teaching and acting in St. Louis.”

For more information or to view the 2019 NSAL Saint Louis Chapter Drama Competition application form, rules and performance requirements, visit https://nsalstl.org/competitions. Applications should be emailed to nsal.drama.19@gmail.com and mailed to NSAL Saint Louis Chapter, P.O. Box 50101, Clayton, Missouri 63105. General inquiries should be sent to Cecilia Nadal, competition chair, at info@gitana-inc.org.

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