College Break Thru Scholarships

Andrew Lloyd Weber Initiative

The American Theatre Wing Ander Lloyd Weber Scholarship Initiative Partnered With Broadway Break Thru


Training Scholarships
The American Theatre Wing is committed to fostering a future generation of theatre-makers that reflects the diversity and dynamism of America as a whole. With the generous support of The Andrew Lloyd Weber Foundation, The Wing is investing in direct support for underserved public school students demonstrating exceptional talent and economic need to participate in after-school training programs or intensive summer study programs to better prepare for future training at the university level. Through the Training Scholarships, we hope to bridge the gap between talent and opportunity and create a strong pipeline to the professional theatre for promising artists of all backgrounds.

General Guidelines

Application & Acceptance Process:
Students must apply to Broadway Break Thru College Break Thru program and be accepted into the program before applying for the American Theatre Andrew Lloyd Weber scholarship. Click here to apply.

If accepted into the College Break Thru program, the student must pay a $500 deposit to apply for the scholarship and to hold the student position. If the student is granted the full scholarship amount, the $500 deposit will be refunded. Students will be responsible for any remaining fees not covered by the scholarship. If a scholarship is not awarded, students will have the option to pay the remaining fees, establish a payment plan or receive a refund. Refunds are subject to our standard refund policy.

Who should apply?
Public Middle and High School students who demonstrate talent and ability in the theatre arts, but have a lack of resources to receive high-level training prior to college. The student’s area of focus can be from any aspect of theatre from performance, to design, to writing, to stage management.

What Kinds of Applications are Competitive?
Applicants who can demonstrate their talent through an audition video or portfolio.

Where can I study?
Applicants must list Broadway Break Thru College Break Thru as the place they plan to study.


  • January 10th – Deadline to apply to College Break Thru
  • January 17th - Deadline to apply to for the American Theatre Wing grant
  • February and March – Review process, selections made by expert panel
  • April – Notifications of Grants

What is the Andrew LLoyd Weber Initiative program?

  • The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative seeks to create a strong pipeline to the professional theatre for artists of all backgrounds and foster an American theatre that reflects the diversity and dynamism of America as a whole.
  • The Training Scholarships are one of three branches of the Initiative. Training Scholarships are given to students who hope to attend a summer study program or take after school classes to continue their training in the theatre arts but may not have the resources to do so.

Who can apply?

  • Training Scholarships are open to United States and Puerto Rico public school students in grades 6-11 (juniors in high school) who demonstrate both talent and need.
  • A student’s area of study can be any aspect of theatre arts: acting, directing, writing, design, stage management, etc.

Important Things to Note:

  • Students have to apply both to the American Theatre Wing for a scholarship AND also College Break Thru.
  • Scholarship funds will be used to cover tuition and room/board. Funds will not cover travel expenses for a student to attend your program.
  • Funds for the scholarship are given directly to Broadway Break Thru to pay for scholarship recipient’s tuition. They will not be sent to the student.

American Theatre Wing Applicant Qualifications and Criteria


  • Be a student at a public school in grade 6-11 in the U.S. or Puerto Rico
  • Be enrolled and returning to public school the following year
  • Be under the age of 18 as of the Application Deadline
  • Have permission to participate from a parent or guardian
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Demonstrate exceptional talent as a theatre performer, designer, director, writer, or composer and display a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the theatre (per audition or work sample.)
  • Provide three references; at least one must be from a teacher.
  • Demonstrate financial need (as determined through references and statements)


Training Scholarship Support recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic achievement, talent, and potential.  (demonstrated by video audition and/or work samples required).
  • Interest in pursuing a career in theatre (demonstrated by personal statement and references)
  • Quality of proposed training opportunity
  • Need (demonstrated by statements and references)


We advise reading the information below before you start application so that you can be fully prepared.

Information to gather:

  • College Break Thru program details and acceptance email.
  • A transcript/current report card – you will need this to show the classes and grades that you have received, maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
  • A Photo of You
  • Name/Contact Information of Teacher for Recommendation
  • Two References and Email Addresses for community service leader, extra-curricular activity leader, employer, or other teacher.
  • Permission from a parent or guardian
  • Audition Video and/or Sample of Work (see below for details):
    • ACTORS: Audition videos should showcase you working (in your living room, in your high school theatre, a classroom – opportunities are endless).  Ideally, you’ll tape something special for your application using your smartphone or webcam that has both pieces in one video.  Don’t worry that it doesn’t look “professional” and footage from productions are often difficult for us to review as it rarely showcases just you.  We’d prefer to just see you. Submit two (2), short (less than two minutes each), contrasting monologues or songs, showing range.  You can upload a video or give us a link.
    • DANCERS/CHOREOGRAPHERS: Submit two (2), short (less than two minutes each), routines, showing range of style and technique.  You can upload a video or give us a link.  Ideally, you’ll tape something special for your application using your smartphone of webcam. These videos can be submitted in two separate video files.
    • DIRECTORS: Submit two (2) work samples that demonstrate the variety of your work.  It is strongly recommended that you include at least one video (less than two minutes) from a production as work sample.  We understand providing video can be a challenge, but if possible, we encourage you to send some samples showing how your directorial vision is realized on stage.  Uploading copies of scripts with notes you have created as you prepared for a production is also ideal. If submitting a video, you can upload a video or give us a link.
    • MUSICAL COMPOSERS/LYRICISTS: Upload two (2) video or audio files of your musical work.  Below, please provide us the song title, lyrics, and dramatic context surrounding the music.
    • PRODUCTION DESIGNERS/TECHNICIANS: Upload two (2) work samples. This can be pictures of a production props, costume or scenic renderings.  If you are a sound designer, please specify if you are the composer of the music included in the work sample and how the sound was utilized in the performance and venue.  Overall, we want to see how your design vision is realized on stage.
    • PLAYWRIGHTS: Submit two (2) pieces of writing.  Each writing sample must include a one page synopsis, plus a five page example of the work.
    • STAGE MANGERS: Submit a complete list of all shows you have worked on outlining your duties and responsibilities for each production and two (2) work samples that demonstrate the notes you created throughout the rehearsal process and as you prepared for a production.


  1. Apply for College Break Thru by clicking the link below by January 10, 2018.
  2. If accepted into the College Break Thru program, an electronic invoice will be emailed for the $500 deposit.
  3. The application and all information for the grant will be sent after the deposit is paid.
  4. Complete the American Theatre Wing online application by January 17, 2018.
  5. The $500 deposit will be refunded when the grant is received.

Have questions? Email us here.