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Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Overview of Programs
The Conservatory of Theatre Arts offers intensive, highly focused BFA training programs in acting and theatre design/technology for a limited number of students who seek to pursue professional careers in these fields. As one of five schools in the Consortium of Professional Theatre Training Programs, Purchase is one of a handful of colleges in the world capable of training artists at this level—and of drawing a faculty from the ranks of professional theatre. In addition, the conservatory offers a BA program in theatre and performance, which is designed for students interested in exploring the history and aesthetics of world drama and performance and the possibilities of theatrical expression—as performers, directors, and playwrights—within a broader liberal arts context.

Purchase Repertory Theatre
Each year, the conservatory presents several seasonal productions—exciting and bold interpretations of classic and contemporary plays that bring to the stage for the first time the next generation of actors, designers, and technicians. All conservatory productions are designed and produced exclusively by students under the mentorship of faculty and staff.

Rebecca Rugg, DFA, Director, Conservatory of Theatre Arts

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Conservatory of Theatre Arts:


Undergraduate Majors:
Acting, BFA
Theatre Design/Technology, BFA
Theatre & Performance, BA

Undergraduate Minors:
Theatre & Performance


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