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Admission

The Department of Theatre Arts Admission process works in tandem with the SUNY New Paltz Office of Admissions. Please begin the process by completing and submitting your general application as instructed here: https://www.newpaltz.edu/admissions/apply.html

Prospective students who have been accepted to our campus should arrange for an interview or audition with the Department of Theatre Arts. Interviews and auditions play an important role in the admission process, as they are not merely about “testing talent.” These meetings provide prospective students, current students, and faculty the opportunity to meet, share information about the program, explore our facilities, and consider what your experience will be like. You will get a sense of our community and the character of our department while we also learn about you. We want to ensure that what we offer in our rigorous four-year program aligns with what each prospective student is looking for.

Interviews and auditions are conducted during our campus Spring Accepted Students’ Day, individual campus visits, or online by appointment. Please click on your concentration of interest for more information. We strongly encourage uploading a letter of intent, resume, digital portfolio or application, and references:

            Performance

Please bring or upload a current resume to your audition. Your audition should consist of two previously prepared contrasting monologues, or one monologue and a 16-bar cut from a song (accompanist will be provided). Performance Concentration Head: Catherine Doherty dohertyc@newpaltz.edu

            Design & Technology

Please upload or bring a current resume and, if possible, a process-based portfolio to your interview. It might include sketches, models, construction photos, digital art, sound and CAD files, etc. of your work in technical theatre and/or design. Or, please be prepared to talk about your interest, experience, and aptitude for technical theatre. Design & Technology Concentration Head: Sun Hee (Sunny) Kil kils@newpaltz.edu

            Theatre Studies

Please upload or bring a current resume and, if possible, a portfolio to your interview. It might include academic essays or research papers, a prompt book, a playwriting sample, program notes, play analysis, etc. Theatre Arts Concentration Head: Isabel Smith-Bernstein smithbei@newpaltz.edu

            Undecided

Please upload or bring a current resume to your interview. Please be prepared to talk about your interest, experience, and aptitude for a BA in Theatre Arts. Students are not required to declare a concentration immediately upon acceptance to the program. Contact: Catherine Doherty dohertyc@newpaltz.edu

Current New Paltz students may transfer into the department and should consult the department office for program admission details.

Office of Undergraduate Admission
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive, Suite 1
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499
845-257-3200
admissions@newpaltz.edu

For program information, please contact:

Department of Theatre Arts
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443
845-257-3865
theatre@newpaltz.edu 

To learn more about the department and hear from our faculty, take a look at the videos below:

To learn more about the department and hear from our faculty, take a look at the videos below:

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