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Rex Rabold Fellowship

Lilia Houshmand
Lilia Houshmand

Congratulations Lilia Houshmand!

Rex Rabold Fellow 2019

About the Fellowship

The UI Department of Theatre Arts offers an exclusive connection with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival through the Rex Rabold Fellowship.

Rabold graduated from the University of Idaho with a Master of Arts in 1976. In his nine seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he touched thousands of lives through his performances, his creative achievements as a teacher and his generosity of heart. Rabold died at the age of 39 in 1990.

To honor his memory, OSF established a unique fellowship with the University of Idaho. Each year, one UI graduate is selected by audition to perform with the prestigious theatre company. The fellowship recipient receives an acting stipend and housing for one year, and many are invited to return to the company for two or three years following their award.

In addition to his seasons with OSF, Rabold's theatre credits include work with repertory theatres in Milwaukee, Portland, San Diego and Seattle. He was also artist-in-residence for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Folger Shakespeare Library exhibit and the Pioneer Theatre Company in Utah.

Rabold Audition Information: B.F.A./M.F.A. in Performance Only

Rabold auditions are held each spring.


Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts performance candidates retain eligibility for the Rex Rabold Fellowship for a full year after graduation. This will provide two years of eligibility for each candidate.

In-person auditions are preferred, though students — depending on schedule — may opt for a video audition their second year of eligibility.

All eligible candidates must submit a link of their work prior to the auditions to Kelly Quinnett. Links must lead to an appropriate website or private YouTube site that include two contrasting monologues and a song.

Evidence of continued professional development/training outside of Moscow, post-graduation, is strongly encouraged.

Rabold Recipients

  • Lilia Houshman, 2019
  • Dan Poppen, 2018
  • Vinecia Coleman, 2017
  • Jeremy Gallardo, 2016
  • Kristin Glaeser, 2015
  • Jeremy Thompson, 2014
  • Katie Medford, 2013
  • Brittany Brook, 2012
  • Mandie Jenson, 2011
  • Kimbre Lancaster, 2010
  • Ian McNeely, 2009
  • Trevor Hill, 2008
  • Daniel Haley, 2007
  • John O'Hagan, 2006
  • Mark Peterson, 2005
  • Jeff Davis, 2004
  • Sarah Rutan, 2003
  • Stan Brown, 2002
  • Kalafatic Poole, 2001
  • Andrew Carey, 2000
  • Jeff Pierce, 1999
  • Carolyn Hitt, 1998
  • Paul Erwin, 1997
  • Carey Gibbar, 1996
  • Jesse Petrick, 1995
  • Chas Allen, 1994
  • Michael Behrens, 1993

Physical Address:
Corner of 6th and Rayburn Shoup Hall - 2nd Floor

Mailing Address:
Theatre Arts Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2008
Moscow, ID 83844-2008

Phone: 208-885-6465

Fax: 208-885-2558


Web: Theatre Arts Department