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Resources

Participant handbook

Download and print the Nebraska High School Theater Academy Participant Handbook.

Theater education and participation

  • Nebraska ThespiansNebraska Thespians is one of the chapters of the Educational Theatre Association which sponsors the International Thespian Society. Thespian troupes are chartered in public and private schools through the country. Nebraska Thespians has troupes all across the state in both public and private schools, representing excellence in theatre education. As an educational honor society, they are dedicate to encouraging and improving the skills of theatre students throughout Nebraska. 
  • The National High School Musical Theatre Awards – The National High School Musical Theater Awards was established in 2009 to elevate the importance of theater arts education in schools and reward excellence in student performance. The program impacts more than 50,000 students annually.
  • Theatre Arts Guild Omaha - The Theatre Arts Guild encourages participation in the theater arts and actively promotes Omaha area theaters. Students can also become a TAG member for only $18 a year. TAG also offers two yearly scholarships to high school seniors planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in theater arts.
  • American Theatre – American Theatre magazine is the nation’s only general-circulation magazine devoted to theater. American Theatre covers theatrical trends and events, stage artists of every stripe, and economic and legislative developments affecting the arts.
  • OnStage Blog - OnStage’s mission is to cover all things theater, from community theater to the Tony Awards. This is a great resource for any student looking to expand their knowledge about theatre.

Nebraska theater colleges

Creighton University 
Omaha, Nebraska
Programs Offered: Theatre (B.A.), Performance Theatre (B.F.A.), Technical Theatre (B.F.A.), Musical Theatre (B.F.A), Music (B.A.) Theatre Minor, Dance Minor, Music Minor
Scholarships Offered: Grace Keenan Scholarship
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Doane College
Crete, Nebraska
Programs Offered: Theatre (B.A.), Music (B.A.), Music Performance (B.F.A.), Theatre Minor, Music Minor
Scholarships Offered: Performing Arts Scholarship
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Hastings College
Hastings, Nebraska
Programs Offered: Theatre Arts (B.A.), Theatre Education (B.A.) Music (B.A.), Performance (B.M.)
Scholarships Offered: Music Scholarships
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Nebraska Wesleyan University
Lincoln, Nebraska
Programs Offered: Theatre Arts (B.A.), Theatre Arts Education (B.A.), Theatre Design and Technology (B.A.), Acting (B.F.A) Musical Theatre (B.A.) Musical Theatre (B.F.A.), Directing (B.F.A.), Theatre Studies (B.FA.), Theatre Arts Minor, Music Minor
Scholarships Offered: Talent Scholarships
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University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, Nebraska
Programs Offered: Theatre (B.A.), Musical Theatre (B.M), Music (B.A.), Music Performance (B.M.), Theatre Minor, Music Minor
Scholarships Offered: First-Year Scholarships
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University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Programs Offered: Theatre Performance (B.A.), Directing and Management (B.A.), Film and New Media (B.F.A.), Music (B.A.), Music (B.M.), Dance (B.A.), Musical Theatre Minor (for music or theatre majors only), Music Minor, Music Technology Minor, Dance Minor
Scholarships Offered: Students who audition and are accepted for Theatre, Music, and Dance are automatically considered for scholarships.
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University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska
Programs Offered: Theatre (B.A.), Music (B.A.), Music (B.M.), Theatre Minor
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College and audition prep

  • PlaybillEDU has a comprehensive searchable database of more than two thousand undergraduate theater, dance and music programs at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.
  • The National Unified Auditions allow students to audition for numerous university programs in one location over the course of a few days. Students can register for the Unified Auditions by applying through a participating university. Students must apply to each school they wish to audition for at the Unified Auditions. You can find a bit more information about pros and cons here.
  • The College Audition Blog is a great resource for students who are preparing for any kind of audition, especially if musical theater in college is their aim. Industry professionals Matthew Edwards and Jacquelyn Zito-Edwards gather their insider expertise and advice together in one place. They have information on good audition monologues and songs, college audition advice, necessary training, careers, and so much more.