BFA Acting Audition


Attention BFA Acting Applicants! Online audition registration is now open! Submit your application for your Acting audition and pay the non-refundable $50 audition fee at the link below. Audition spaces are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have already started an application for an audition and did not complete it and pay the audition fee, please return to the MY ACCOUNT page to select your previously started application and then click "Complete an Application" to finish that audition application and pay the fee. DO NOT BEGIN A NEW AUDITION APPLICATION. Thank you

BFA Acting Audition Application

NOTE: Acting auditions are for applicants to the BFA Acting program only. Registrations for eligible candidates will be confirmed by email within 3-5 business days. If you are ineligible for an audition you will be notified as quickly as possible.

We apologize for the delay in making audition registration available to you. Our recent transition to a new software system created a number of technical issues that required our attention in order to assure the most seamless process for you. We appreciate your patience and are pleased that we can now offer you the opportunity to register for your talent review. Thank you

Admission to the BFA Acting program is highly competitive and is based on a required audition process with the Acting Faculty and a review of the students overall application by Admissions.  Only exceptionally talented actors who can demonstrate talent, creativity and commitment will be offered admission. 

IMPORTANT: DO NOT CALL THE CONSERVATORY TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION.  ALL AUDITIONS ARE SCHEDULED ONLINE.

2013-2014 Acting Program National Audition Tour - All off-campus auditions take place in conjunction with the Consortium of Conservatory Theatre Training Programs, of which Purchase is a member. However, each member school requires a separate application as well as separate audition and you must select your own individual audition for Purchase College using your online myPurchase account.  The non-refundable audition fee of $50.00 must be submitted online at the time of your audition registration. 

Audition Requirements

Prepare two monologues: Your two monologues should be approximately two minutes each and in contrasting styles (i.e. one dramatic and one comedic).  One monologue must be classical and the other contemporary.  Classical monologues should be Elizabethan (i.e. Shakespearean), Chekhovian, or Greek.  Choose material that you connect with, that you like and that shows you to your advantage. A small assortment of chairs will be provided.

Prepare a song:  Be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song in any genre, preferably a capella.  If you choose to sing along with music you must provide your own music and player (e.g. CD, iPod) — and be sure to test it thoroughly to avoid surprises at your audition.

Time yourself beforehand: Total audition time must not exceed five minutes. Time yourself carefully so that you will be able to finish within the time limit without feeling pressured. Memorize the material and prepare it thoroughly so that you will feel confident about your work.

Attire: Choose audition clothing that is suitable for presenting the characters, but do not attempt costumes.  Your clothing should allow freedom of movement. 

Bring the following with you to the audition:

  1. Picture and Resume: Bring (DO NOT MAIL) your picture and resume. A snapshot will do if you do not have an 8 x 10 head shot. Be sure that your name, address, telephone number(s) and date of audition are written on the back. Your resume should include a complete list of theatrical activities.
  2. Essay: Bring a printed copy of your Purchase College application essay (300-500 word, typed essay on any subject you find meaningful) that you sent to the Purchase College Application Processing Center in Albany.

NOTE: You do NOT need to bring printed copies of your transcript or letters of recommendation to your audition.

2013-14 Acting Program National Audition Tour Dates

Purchase College - ALL ON CAMPUS DATES ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED AND CLOSED!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014

THE FOLLOWING ON CAMPUS AUDITION DATES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED:
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, January 24, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014

New York, NY: @ Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave. (between 36th & 37th)
 ALL NEW YORK CITY DATES ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED AND CLOSED!
Friday, January 24, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014 
Sunday, January 26, 2014

THE FOLLOWING NEW YORK CITY AUDITION DATES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED:
Saturday, Februrary 1, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014 

Chicago, IL: @ Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker Dr.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Los Angeles, CA: @ Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 West Century Boulevard
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014

Atlanta, GA: @ Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 VIrginia Avenue
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Admission Decisions: 

Students are notified of decisions on or around March 15, 2014. If you are offered admission, you will need to accept our offer in writing, and you will be required to submit enrollment and housing deposits by May 1, 2014.