Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition 2017-05-28T07:43:50+00:00


Please note that in addition to this Ryan Registration, you must also be registered for the Festival.

Congratulations, Ryan nominees! The hard work you have demonstrated in your college/university theatre production has earned you the opportunity to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions. Congratulations, Ryan partners! You have agreed to support your fellow actor by applying time and effort to the Irene Ryan experience. Your partner trusts and believes in your talent. We applaud your generosity and commitment. The menu on the left contains all the info you’ll need to know before we welcome you to the 2018 Region II Festival at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, January 16-20, 2018.

KCACTF 2015 National Irene Ryan Scholarship Recipient, Region II’s own Mariah Burks

KCACTF Region II Registration

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Ryan Rules

Ryan Rules

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition Registration Form

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Performance Rights for IRENE RYAN Audition Material

Royalties and Permissions

Recommendations for Preparing the Audition


Candidates and Partners

  1. Save the dates. Both candidates and partners will need to arrive at Indiana State University of Pennsylvania by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to complete on-site check-in for the Ryans. There will also be a mandatory orientation meeting for all Ryan nominees and partners that evening following the opening ceremony. The three rounds of competition (Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, and Finals) will be scheduled throughout the week of Festival, so plan to stay at Indana University of Pennsylvania through Saturday, January 20th. Most schools will depart on Sunday so everyone can celebrate Saturday evening. Students who are Ryan nominees from productions closing after December 2nd 2017 may elect to defer their nomination until Festival 51, to be held in January 2019. Nominees electing to do so are required to email the Region II Ryan Coordinator to document this request.
  2. Select a partner who is able to rehearse with you during the Fall semester and winter break. Partners may work with two different Ryan nominees, but no more than two. Ryan nominees may not partner other Ryan nominees.  Nominees must work with the same partner for both scenes. Choose selections that are appropriate for both of you but feature the nominee and meet the Ryan criteria. Read the contents of this website and its links for tips, rules, and explanations. Seek out faculty guidance in preparing for the audition and completing the remaining steps.
  3. Double and triple check that you have secured permission to perform all three pieces you’ve selected. You will need to know the publisher of each in order to complete the online Ryan Registration Form. To find the publisher of a particular play, a good, though not perfect, resource is Be sure that you know the owner of the performance rights. Some pieces are published for reading and study by publishers who do not control the performance rights. Bring to the festival hard-copy proof that you’ve secured performance rights to any pieces not automatically cleared. For example, all Dramatists Play Service except Albee and Beckett are automatically eligible for use at the regional level so you do not need hard copy proof but different publishers have different rules. Be sure to check.  You can click the link to the left or visit for more detailed information.
  4. Nominees must complete the online Irene Ryan Registration Form by December 9, 2017. This is separate from festival registration. Festival 49 Irene Ryan Registration Form. There is no additional fee for participating in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition, but all Ryan participants (nominees and partners) must be registered for the Festival. The festival registration fee entitles you to participate in workshops, see productions, and take part in other festival opportunities (10-Minute Play readings, Short Forms, dramaturgy, criticism and design opportunities, to name a few). By submitting the Ryan Registration Form, you affirm that you were a college student at the time of your Ryan nomination. If you are a semi-finalist or finalist, please avoid attending workshops presented by judges for those rounds until after the particular round is complete.
  5. Watch your in-box after December 25th, but before the festival for an email confirming your registration and assigning you an audition date and time. Communicating prior to December 25th, 2017 any changes of material, performance order of material, or partners’ names will ensure that paperwork and schedules prepared in advance of Festival is accurate and complete. Changes to information supplied after online Ryan Registration should be emailed to Michael L. Aulick at Please put “Ryan Change” in the subject line. After December 27th, 2017, changes will need to be made on-site at Ryan sign-in.
  6. Arrive at the Festival on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. having paid your Festival registration fee. Bring hard-copy proof that you’ve secured the rights to perform your all material. Visit the Ryan check-in desk to verify your audition appointment. Appointments to work with the Ryan accompanist before the audition are available on first come/first serve, during limited afternoon hours.
  7. Break a leg at your audition!

Faculty members and students who have paid their Festival registration fee may observe the preliminary rounds of the Ryans. However, audience may enter audition rooms only at breaks between rounds. Breaks may not run according to a published/announced schedule.  During semi-finals and finals audience members will only be allowed to enter or leave the theatre before the first scene and during intermission, please plan accordingly. Additional useful information for nominees, partners, and coaches can be found on the menu to the left.

The best part of the Ryan process is the opportunity to grow and learn from the experience. Regional faculty respondents will provide each student individual feedback after the preliminary round and semi-final and final round judges will give one on one responses after each of those rounds.

The Irene Ryan Foundation awards sixteen regional and two national scholarships annually. One nominee and partner from every region will be invited to the national festival and the nominee will receive a $500 scholarship.  The runner-up in each region will receive a $500 scholarship, but will not attend the national festival to audition for the national scholarship.   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. Feel free to contact us at with questions regarding the Ryans. We look forward to meeting you in January 2018!

Michael Aulick
Michael AulickIrene Ryan Coordinator
West Liberty University

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