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PURCHASE COLLEGE CATALOG 2016–18
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The Acting BFA Program

The professional actor training program is a four-year sequential course of study in acting—voice, speech, movement for actors, dramatic structure, and history of the theatre, supplemented by offerings in stage combat, performance improvisation, mask work, acting for camera, makeup, and audition technique. The schedule is rigorous; in a typical week, a student works directly with faculty members for 27 to 40 hours and spends a comparable amount of time in preparation.

The acting BFA program is one of five in the nation that meets the standards of the Consortium of Conservatory Theatre Training Programs. In the fourth year, graduating seniors are presented to an invited audience of agents, producers, and casting directors in New York City and Los Angeles.

Please note: The acting BFA program does not offer training in musical theatre.


A very high percentage of alumni continue to find employment in the acting profession. They appear constantly on Broadway and Off Broadway, in films, on television, and in related media.

Our alumni include:
  • Kirk Acevedo
  • Robert Burke
  • Oriagh Cassidy
  • Ron Eldard
  • Dwight Ewell
  • Edie Falco
  • Melissa Leo
  • Adina Porter
  • Parker Posey
  • Jay O. Sanders
  • Karen Sillas
  • Micah Stock
  • Sherry Stringfield
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Lance Coadie Williams

Acting Faculty (Board of Study)
David Bassuk, MFA, Southern Methodist University
Denise Bessette, BA, Marymount Manhattan College
Kristen Cerelli, MFA, The New School
Akil Davis, BA, New York University
Jill Echo, MFA, Purchase College
Ginger Eckert, MFA, Brown University
David Gideon, BA, Franklin & Marshall College
Barbara Hauptman, MFA, Yale School of Drama
A. Dean Irby, MFA, New York University
Trey Lyford, MFA, University of California, San Diego
Christopher McCann, BFA, New York University
Scott McCrea, MFA, Columbia University
Pamela Prather, MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
Ronni Stewart, BA, New York University
J. Allen Suddeth, BFA, Ohio University
Maggie Surovell, MFA, University of Georgia
Charles Tuthill, BFA, New York University
Rosalyn Coleman Williams, MFA, Yale School of Drama

For additional information:
Conservatory of Theatre Arts Faculty


For additional information and updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/taf/acting.aspx.

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