The New Theatre Scholarship Guild

Supporting the Arts through Scholarships

Our goals help to align the stars of the future . . .

Named Scholarships

An individual may have a scholarship established in their name, or a name they shall designate, by contributing $15,000.00 to their fund. The funding can be made in incremental payments They can designate which of the 4 universities the scholarship should go to. The board of directors, jointly with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, shall determine the amount of that fund to be awarded in scholarships each year.

What our Scholarship students are saying.

"Not only is it an absolute honor, and a privilege to be able to receive the Dodie Myers Brown Scholarship from the New Theatre Guild Foundation, but it also helps to relieve me from the financial burden that accompanies a college education. I am so excited to be able to continue my studies in theatre, with the help of you all at the New Theatre. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!"
Gabrielle
Theatre Major
"I am one of the lucky theatre students who is a New Theatre Scholarship Guild recipient. I am incredibly grateful to the Guild for their generosity. I couldn't be in graduate school without scholarships like this one. I am currently in my third and final year of studying for my MFA in Acting. I feel lucky to be supported by an organization like the Guild. I hope one day to be in the position to help theatre students in the way you've helped me. Thank you!"
Shannon
MFA Student
"I am a Kansas City-based artist who has a passion for the stage. Currently, I am pursuing my BFA in Musical Theatre, (with a minor in dance and marketing) at the University of Central Missouri. Some of my credits include: "The Polar Express Live!" (2018-2019), "Winterfest," (WOF 2017), "Songs for a New World," (Parkville Theater 2017) Storling Dance Theater, and countless performances with local theaters across the KC Metro Area. In my free time, I enjoy being on the worship team with my local church and playing music with my brothers. Thank you again for this scholarship!"
Eleanor
BFA Student
"This scholarship gave me the opportunity to focus on growing as a theatre artist and preparing for the professional world, while helping me fund my last year of college."
Elise
Actor
“The freedom this aid grants me is something I can’t have harmoniously in the working world. Support through this connection that we forged at UMKC can last a lifetime. It is how we will find work, resources, strength, and empowerment. The people who we will graduate with will not be our competition, they will be our collaborators and comrades. And that’s the real value of this scholarship."
Zoe
Lighting Designer
“I am incredibly grateful to have been offered this generous scholarship as it is quite frankly one of the reasons I am able to stay in UCM's Theatre Program. Having this wonderful support, and scholarship, from the Guild allows me to focus more on the work I’d like to do in my last year of college and grow as an artist. Instead, I don't have to worry about how I will afford to pay for classes and rent, which is always a nice weight to have off of one's shoulders! It is a privilege to be recognized by the New Theatre Scholarship Guild, and I deeply thank all of those involved!"
Molly
BFA Student
"This scholarship will help me achieve my dreams of completing my undergraduate degree. I have big plans for the future and when I achieve them, I will remember the help I received along the way, from my professors to this scholarship. I would have never been able to achieve where I am, alone. Thank you and I promise to do the New Theatre Guild proud."
Luke
BFA Theatre
"Receiving this honor has truly inspired me to continue working towards my dream job of Stage Managing productions and concerts! After the pandemic hit, I was starting to lose some of my confidence in my craft and life decisions regarding my future. When I transferred this past Fall to UCM, it truly changed my life, and slowly regained that confidence that I thought was lost. I appreciate being recognized for the work I have put in this past year, solidifying that I am on the right path. This scholarship will help tremendously with my tuition finances as I finish furthering my education. Thank you very much for your support!"
Madison
BFA Theatre
"I first want to thank you all for this generous scholarship. Theatre has seen such dark days recently and receiving the means to continue to create this art is truly a feat. Continuing the greatness that previous recipients have upheld will be a tremendous task that I can not wait to take on this fall. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This scholarship will allow me to focus on my endeavors of being a high school theatre educator. I hope to teach at an urban trauma-sensitive school on the east coast. Eventually, I hope to get my masters in directing and stage management or directing and acting. Which hopefully will lead to a Ph.D. and opening a performing arts center in an impoverished area. I have very big dreams, and this scholarship is without a doubt setting me up for success. With the most love and appreciation."
Mekdelawit
BFA Theatre

It’s through your generosity and support we are able to maintain the number and quality of our scholarships.  Please consider contributing in any way possible.