Admissions
BFA Theatre Design/Stage Technology Interview


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

Admission to the BFA Theatre Design/Technology program is highly selective and is based on a required interview with the Design/Technology faculty and a review of the students overall application by Admissions.  Only exceptionally talented students who can demonstrate a high level of ability, creativity and commitment in the interview will be offered admission. 

IMPORTANT: DO NOT CALL THE DEPARTMENT TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW.  ALL INTERVIEWS ARE SCHEDULED ONLINE. The non-refundable interview fee of $50.00 must be submitted online at the time of your audition request.

Interview Requirements:

Read Night of the Iguana: Read the play Night of the Iguana, by Tennessee Williams.  Questions about this play will be asked during the interview.

Prepare a Resume:  Your resume should include a complete list of your theatrical experiences.  It should include titles of works, duties performed, locations of performances and the name of the directors, designers and stage managers with whom you have worked.  Bring one copy of your resume with you to the interview. 

Prepare a Portfolio: Prepare and bring with you to the interview a portfolio that includes examples of design and/ or technical work that you have done in high school, community theatres, summer stock, or at other colleges. 

Letters of Recommendation: Please bring two letters of recommendation (in sealed envelopes) with you when you come for your interview.

Photograph of yourself:  Please bring a photograph of yourself to the interview.

About the Portfolio:

Your portfolio materials should reflect your interest and/or work in one of the following potential areas of specialization:

Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene Design, Costume Technology, Stage Management, or Technical Direction/Production Management.

Portfolio materials can include the following for each respective specialization:

  • Costume Design - Drawings, paintings, and/or garments that you have made.  These items need not to be theatrical.
  • Lighting Design - Drawings, paintings, photography, drafting plots and lighting plots.
  • Scene Design - Drawings, paintings, still life or still life studies and drafting designs.
  • Costume Technology - Samples of costume construction, photos of work that has been built, drawings and other artwork.
  • Stage Management - Prompt scripts, cue sheets, ground plans, rehearsal notes and programs.
  • Technical Direction/Production Management - Drafting samples, objects that you have built, photographs and production paperwork.

2014-2015 Theatre Design Technology Program Interview Tour Dates

*Purchase College
November 18, 2014
February 10, 2015
March 10, 2015
 
New York, NY: @ Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave. (between 36th & 37th)
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chicago, IL: @ Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street
Monday, February 2, 2015

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

Skype Interviews

Skype/telephone interviews are available, if needed. Students may be asked to register online for a specific interview date and then will need to email design.technology@purchase.edu to notify the department of interest in an interview via Skype.

Admission Decisions

Applicants will be notified of decisions within two to three weeks of their interviews.  If you are offered admission, you will need to accept our offer in writing and you will be required to submit  an enrollment deposit by May 1.