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Performing Arts Scholarship Competition

Arkansas’s brightest stars are going to shine onstage at Thea Foundation this spring! Will you be one of them?


Thea’s Performing Arts Scholarship Competition awards ten scholarships annually to Arkansas high school seniors in the categories of dance, drama and vocal performance.


1st Place – $4,000

2nd Place – $3,500

3rd Place – $3,000

4th Place – $2,500

5th – 10th Places – $2,000




Monday, March 16, 2020


Saturday, March 21, 2020


Check-in and auditions will be held at the University Theatre at UA Little Rock's Center for Performing Arts located at 5900 University Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204. We ask that you park in either Lot 4, which is right next to the CPA building, or Lot 5, which is across the street from the CPA building. Signs will be present to help direct you to the right place. Please contact Paul Leopoulos at for directions to the audition location if you need further assistance or have any questions prior to the audition date.


Group I - 10 a.m.          Group II - 1 p.m.

You will be notified which group you are in by email on or before TBA.


After Registering to Compete: Participating students who register should email Paul Leopoulos at to confirm their registration was received.


Singing, dancing or acting. No instrumental solos. No a cappella performances

Audition Length:

Two Minutes


No costumes, wear practice clothes



No props are allowed. A stool will be available.



An accompanist and CD player will be available. You may fax, email or drop off your sheet music or CD prior to your audition. We encourage all students to take this extra step to insure a smooth audition.


Fax your music with a cover sheet which includes your name, school, and phone number to:
Paul Leopoulos at (501) 379-9513. 


You may email music to (include the same info as above).


You may also drop it off at the Thea Foundation, located at 401 Main Street, Suite 100, North Little Rock, AR 72114. 

Rules and Regulations

Before you register, be sure you FULLY READ the qualifications below and be sure that you’re eligible:

By visiting this page you understand that this information has been available to you starting August 6, 2019, and that failure to read this information or register for a scholarship before the registration deadline is to no fault of the Thea Foundation. The Thea Foundation makes every attempt possible within its means to notify students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the general public of the availability of its scholarship competitions and will not allow late registration predicated on the notion that an individual party was not aware of the information regarding deadlines. 


Registering for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition requires students to register online via a gravity form. Students may only register through the specific portal that the Foundation has created for each scholarship competition. Thea staff will not register students for scholarship competitions.


The Foundation recognizes that issues may arise during the registration process either from faulty equipment, user error, or issues beyond the control of either the registrant or the Foundation. The Thea Foundation encourages all students who register for a scholarship competition to contact Paul Leopoulos at to verify whether or not their registration was indeed processed. The Foundation makes available the registration for their scholarship competitions many months in advance to provide time to those having technical difficulties during the registering process. The Thea Foundation will not allow students to participate in a scholarship competition who arrive at the competition stating that they registered during the time allotted and who's name is not present on the Thea Foundation's list of participating students.


As stated above, all students are encouraged to call the Foundation to see whether or not their registration was successful. Failure to do so jeopardizes the student's certainty of a successful registration and participation in any scholarship competition. 

Only high school seniors enrolled in either public, private or home schools in Arkansas are eligible to register for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition.  A high school senior means any student who is currently completing the 12th grade in public or private school or any home school student who lists the 11th grade as their last grade level completed on their Notice of Intent to Home School on file with the Arkansas Department of Education for the current school year.

Photos of our 2019 audition day are shown below.