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How did you choose your major?

June 21, 2019
  • Travis Raeburn '20

In the summer between my Junior Year and Senior Year of high school, I was cast in a staged reading of a newly work-shopped play that was a part of a theatre festival. While watching the other work shopped plays, I noticed another actor of color who was amazing and was the only actor of color in his cast. After his performance, I asked where he got his theatre training and he told me he graduated from Purchase College with a BFA in Acting. I had heard of Purchase vaguely from other teachers, but I did not know what their acting program offered and what their classes were like. Later that year, the same actor who I met invited me to Purchase to see “In The Red and Brown Water,” which was a beautiful performance, and the first college production I saw with actors who I felt were like me They were on stage with a captivating storytelling ability. From then on, I knew I had to apply to Purchase College and when I was offered a spot, I knew this was the place I had to be.