The Patron Project

Advancing the performing arts in education
through scholarships, knowledge and support.

PNTA is a strong supporter of the theater arts industry and education. Towards that end,
the company offers a scholarship to two students annually in the amount of $1,000 each.
The scholarship is intended for high school students graduating at the end of the 2014-15
school year who plan to pursue a career in technical theatre and/or related fields in the
performing arts.

Deadline to Apply: December 31, 2014

Scholarship Rules for Eligibility & Disbursement
 Open to high school students graduating at the end of the 2014-15 school year who
plan to enroll in a post-secondary degree-based program with the intention of
studying technical theatre and/or a related performing arts field.
 For winning applicants, $500 of the scholarship will be paid out the first
semester/quarter. The balance will be paid out the second semester/quarter. Prior to
each payment, the scholarship winner must present proof of enrollment for the current
 A delay of up to one year between completing high school and starting post-
secondary education is acceptable.
 PNTA employees and their family members are ineligible.

Submitting Your Application:
 You must submit your application to unless other
arrangements have been made prior to the submission deadline.
Files should be labeled First Name-Last Name
 Any portions of the scholarship which are unable to be submitted digitally must be
postmarked by December 31, 2014. Submissions may be mailed to:

The Patron Project
c/o PNTA
2414 SW Andover St C100
Seattle WA 98106

PNTA’s management team will review all applications and determine the winner. We
may also enlist the support of other PNTA employees and/or outside experts working in
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Technical Theatre as judges. Applicants will be judged on their submitted body of work
as it meets the criteria of the scholarship challenge.

Contact Information:
For scholarship questions, please contact us by email at

Important Dates:
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Application Due
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Winner announced

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Please fill out Sections 1 & 2 and include with your project submission. Completion of
Section 3 is suggested but not required.


First Name: _________________________ Last Name: _________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________ State: ______ Zip Code: _______________

Phone Number: (_____) _______________ Email Address: ______________________


Name of Current School: ___________________________________________________

Anticipated High School Graduation Date: _____________________________________

Intended Post-Secondary Field of Study: ______________________________________


We suggest – but do not require – that you submit a letter of recommendation from a
Theatre Arts faculty member of your high school.

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Welcome to PNTA’s Patron Project Scholarship application process. We are excited that
you have decided to take up this opportunity and run with it. At PNTA, we employ many
people who have been involved with technical theatre for years. One of our passions is
the art of technical theatre and what it brings to people.

Theatre is about captivating an audience and transporting them into a new world.
Technical theatre, at its best, is seamless and rarely puts an effect or element in solely for
the purpose of “wowing” an audience (though, we certainly aim to do that through our
craft). Sometimes the technical production is an accumulation of amazing effects
remembered for years. Conversely, technical theatre can also be successful while going
unnoticed, subtly immersing the audience into the world of the story.

One of our favorite parts of working in technical theatre is the process of collaborating
with so many amazing problem solvers to create the world of the production. While it is
not unusual to use age old conventions that have worked for centuries, sometimes we
instead create a new language or convention that we ask an audience to buy into. In all
cases, our works must serve the production, the audience, the process and the story.

In this challenge, we want you to engage people and resources in the creative process.
You lead the charge, but enjoy the collaboration as you go.

The Project: We want you to choose a story (it can be a script, musical, piece of
literature or even a children’s story) and an audience (think about age, demographic,
interests). We would like you to develop a technical element that would enhance the
story you are telling. (Think props, sound, lights, video, set, makeup, costumes, set
dressing.) Present the process you go through to choose, define, develop and execute the
technical element you choose. Present that process to us in a way that complements your
artistic style. (You could present through sketches, film, photos, writing, model building
or some other method that you believe tells YOUR story best.) Finally, reflect back on
the process you went through and let us know how you thought you succeeded and, in
retrospect, what you would change to make it even better.

Your presentation for submission must be no longer than 15 minutes.

Our goal in this challenge is to have you engage in the creative process that we go
through as theatre professionals and document that journey for us. We are far more
interested in your design process than your end result.

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What we WANT is to:

1. See the process you go through to develop your solution
2. See your creative problem solving in action (the stuff legendary technicians are made
3. Experience your originality
4. Understand how you use theatre tech to enhance story telling
5. Learn how you used outside resources to develop solutions to the technical challenges
you create


The panel of evaluators will base their decision against these criteria:

1. How well you present the process from choosing a project to the evaluation of the
project’s design process and each step in between. (15 points)
2. Does the devised solution enhance the story being told to the defined audience? (15
3. How well do you demonstrate creative problem solving? (20 points)
4. Do you engage with other resources to develop an original solution? (20 points)
5. Is the solution suited to both the chosen script and the audience identified? (10
6. How creative and effective is your presentation to the evaluators? (15 points)
7. Staying within the 15 minute maximum time for the final presentation (5 points;
projects that run over will not be considered)