Irene Ryans

National website for Irene Ryans

Ryan Forms are now online submissions. Find the link at the bottom of this form.

The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Irene Ryan Foundation awards sixteen regional and two national scholarships annually. Sixteen of the awards consist of a $500 scholarship for each regional representative. Students and coaches are encouraged to consult their regional chair or regional Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Coordinator for information on other regional awards. The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships are, indeed, scholarships; so the Foundation disburses the award through a school designated by the winner, to pay tuition and fees for further education, not necessarily limited to theatre arts.

Auditions will be evaluated using the following criteria at every level of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions and are of particular importance in the regional preliminary round:

  • Ability to urgently pursue strong, clear objectives.
  • Ability to partner
  • Ability to make varied, specific and bold acting choices.
  • Mastery of an expressive and flexible vocal and physical instrument.

In addition to the above criteria, auditions in the semi-final and final rounds will be evaluated on the candidate’s ability to demonstrate range and contrast.

Given the above criteria actors are strongly encouraged to select and prepare material for auditions that will demonstrate the above competencies, and to avoid material designed to demonstrate the actor’s cleverness as an end in and of itself.

Specific Irene Ryan scholarship competition rules can be found HERE.

Irene Ryan Participation Form – Due by February 9
Irene Ryan participants also need to upload their headshot.  Instructions are given at the end of the registration form.

Irene Ryan Nomination Form Click Here