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A NOTE FROM THE CHAIR as of September 20, 2021:

Given the impact of COVID-19, the Department of Theatre Arts has been handing admissions slightly differently for the last two years.  Please understand, our interview/audition days typically play a very important role. They are not merely about “testing talent.” The day is an opportunity to provide information about the program, give prospective students a chance to meet current students, meet some faculty, see the facilities, and hear about what your experience will be like. Most importantly—to hear about our community and get a sense of the character of the Department. We want to ensure a what we offer is what students are looking for in a rigorous four-year program.

While we will have a final determination in the next few weeks, here are two of the most likely scenarios:

OPTION ONE:  We will hold a series of 3-4 interview and/or audition dates starting in February.

There will be an information session for all students as well as a chance to tour our facilities with current students.

Performance Students:  An audition should be prepared consisting of two contrasting monologues or one monologue and a 16 bar cut from a song (an accompanist will be provided).  Please bring a resume and a headshot if you have one.  Additionally, you will spend some time speaking with a faculty member.

Theatre Studies:  You will interview with a faculty member and should bring an up to date resume, and if you would like, writing samples to discuss.

Design/Technology:  A portfolio that can be referred to in the interview. The portfolio, which should focus on the process, might include documentation from the productions such as sketches, renderings, research, models, construction photos, sound and CAD files, etc. Any personal or class Art projects (drawing, painting, digital art and sculpture) can be included we are far more interested in illustrations of your overall activity in technical theatre and/or design

OPTION TWO:  Pending the developments of the pandemic, and the state of secondary education in NYS, we waive the interview and/or audition in order to reduce the burden of prospective students. I hope this will provide some piece of mind given all that may need to be navigated!  Upon acceptance to SUNY New Paltz, admission will be offered to first-year students who have indicated Theatre Arts as a desired course of study on their application to SUNY New Paltz. 

In this scenario, I urge all prospective students to find out as much about the program as possible before making your final decision. There is information on the website about the program, but that is only a start.

If you contact me, I can connect you to the students, faculty and alumni of the program which will give you a chance to understand what the Department is really all about!

Please feel free to email me or call (845-257-3870) if you have questions or are just looking for information.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to meeting you all in the coming months.

Wishing you all good health and safety during this trying time.

Ken Goldstein
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Chair/Professor of Design, Theatre Arts

Transfer Applicants: Please e-mail me (goldstek@newpaltz.edu) to arrange for a phone or video interview and/or audition.  These appointments, done virtually, are required as part of the application process.

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

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