Admissions
BFA Theatre Design/Stage Technology Interview


Attention BFA Theatre Design Technology applicants! Online interview registration is now open! Submit your application for your Theatre Design Technology interview and pay the non-refundable $50 interview fee at the link below. Interview spaces are limited and are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

BFA Theatre Design Technology Interview Application

NOTE: Interviews are for applicants to the BFA Theatre Design Technology 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 interview 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 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.

Design/Technology Program Interview Tour Dates

Purchase College
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - THIS DATE IS FULLY BOOKED AND CLOSED
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

*New York: @ Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave. (between 36th & 37th)
Saturday, January 25, 2014

THE FOLLOWING NEW YORK CITY DATE HAS BEEN CANCELLED:
Saturday, Februray 1, 2014

Chicago: @ Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker Dr.
Monday, February 3, 2014

Skype Interviews

Skype/telephone interviews are available, if needed. Students requesting a Skype interview whould register online for the March 11, 2014 interview date following the process listed above. Once you have registered for an interview, please email design.technology@purchase.edu to notify the department that you would like to 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, 2014.