BFA Acting Audition

Online audition registration for the BFA Acting program will open in September. To register for an audition you must first submit your application to the college for the BFA Acting program. Only applicants to the BFA Acting program will be eligible to register for an audition. Audition spaces are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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. 


2014-2015 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:

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.

NOTE: You do NOT need to bring printed copies of your transcripts, essay, application or letters of recommendation to your audition.

2014-15 Acting Program National Audition Tour Dates

*Purchase College 
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York, NY: @ Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave. (between 36th & 37th)
Friday, January 23, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chicago, IL: @ Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street
Monday, February 2, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Los Angeles, CA: @ Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 West Century Boulevard
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015

Houston, TX: @ Double Tree Hilton, 15747 John F Kennedy Boulevard
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

*Students who live in the New York tri-state area are required to attend an on-campus audition.

Admission Decisions: 

Students are notified of decisions on or around March 15. 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.