Ready to take center stage?
There’s no such thing as a typical Purchase actor. What they have in common is raw talent, creativity, and daring. Your cohort is your “company,” sharing the intensity of the four-year sequential program that will test the depths of your instrument—your body, voice, and personality—to reveal your essence as an artist.
Your BFA acting practice is informed by dramatic literature and analysis, the history of theatre, stage combat, improvisation, physical comedy, makeup, acting for the camera, the business of acting, and audition technique.
Senior acting students perform a showcase of theatrical scenes for industry professionals each year. Purchase College is a member of the distinctive Consortium of Conservatory Theater Training Programs.
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.
Conduct of Life
Cyrano de Bergerac
Meet a few of our acting alumni carving unique paths throughout the industry.
Shea Whigham ’93Acting
Wesley Snipes ’84Acting
Zoë Winters ’07Acting
Marjan Neshat ’98Acting
Edie Falco ’84 and Oona Roche ’17 on Pete Davidson’s Bupkis
Falco stars as his mother, and Roche plays his sister on Davidson’s new semi-autobiographical series.
Professor David Bassuk is a Fulbright Scholar for 23–24
He’ll spend 2023–2024 in Salzburg, Austria exploring immersive storytelling.
James Ortiz ’10 Earns Drama Desk Nomination
A sought-after puppet designer and puppeteer, Ortiz crafted the Milky White cow in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods.
Nicco Annan ’98 Wins Outstanding Actor Award
The actor earned the NAACP Image award for portraying Uncle Clifford on Starz’s P-Valley.
Marisol by José Rivera / Directed by Dennis Hilton-Reid / See a gallery of recent performances.