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Conservatory of Theatre Arts

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The Conservatory of Theatre Arts in the School of the Arts at Purchase College offers intensive, highly focused BFA training programs in acting and theatre design/technology for a limited number of students who seek to pursue professional careers in these fields. As one of five schools in the Consortium of Professional Theatre Training Programs, Purchase is one of a handful of colleges in the world capable of training artists at this level—and of drawing a faculty from the ranks of professional theatre.

In addition, the conservatory offers two BA programs. In playwriting and screenwriting,* students learn how to write for both the stage and the screen in courses taught by industry professionals, with plenty of room to explore other interests. The BA program in theatre and performance is designed for students interested in exploring the history and aesthetics of world drama and performance and the possibilities of theatrical expression—as performers, directors, and playwrights—within a broader liberal arts context.

And because Purchase is located close to New York City, our students have easy access to some of the best theatrical venues and production facilities in the country.

Purchase Repertory Theatre
Each year, the conservatory presents several seasonal productions—exciting and bold interpretations of classic and contemporary plays that bring to the stage for the first time the next generation of actors, designers, and technicians. All conservatory productions are designed and produced exclusively by students under the mentorship of faculty and staff.

*Note: The playwriting and screenwriting program will be moving to the School of Film and Media Studies at Purchase College, effective Fall 2016.


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