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NOTICE: All Fine & Performing Arts events have been canceled due to restrictions on public gatherings imposed by New York State and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Given the impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak on campuses around the country, local school systems, and travel, the Department of Theatre Arts will be handling admissions slightly differently this spring. 

If you have already been accepted to SUNY New Paltz it is an accomplishment that you should be very proud of, and one that we hold in high regard. As such, we will be offering admission to the Department for any incoming Freshman Student that has indicated Theatre Arts as a desired course of study on their application to SUNY New Paltz, and waiving the interview/audition. (A big thank you to those of you that have done so already!!!)

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 good fit.

So with this in mind, below are a few short videos to try and provide the information you will need to make the decision to attend. I understand the magnitude of the decision you are making, and want to provide the best opportunity for you to do so with confidence and excitement. So please—watch the videos, and reach out with any questions you might have.

I will also be able to put you in touch with current students that have volunteered to chat with you about the program, and of course, faculty will be available to you as well. We can set you up with an email address, phone number, or video call!

Transfer Applicants - please e-mail me (goldstek@newpaltz.edu) to arrange for a phone or video interview and/or audition.

I hope this provides some piece of mind!

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

Prospective theatre arts majors must be admitted to the College before application to the major.

Entrance to the department for all students is through an interview, which includes a meeting between prospective students and theatre faculty. Students do not have to decide on a concentration immediately.

All prospective Theatre Arts majors who have been admitted to the college are asked to come to campus, attend an information session, complete an interview, and tour the department’s facilities.  There is a concurrent information session for parents or guardians of prospective theatre arts majors.  Once admitted to the College, students should call the Department of Theatre Arts to schedule an interview. Contact information is provided below.

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


  • Provide a resume and, if possible, an 8 X 10 head shot.
  • Prepare an audition.

The audition material should be no longer than two minutes total. This may be either a monologue (classical or contemporary) or an excerpt from a song. If you choose to sing, please bring sheet music — an accompanist will be provided. Any questions, please contact us.


  • Provide a current resume
  • If possible, bring a portfolio that can be referred to during the interview. The portfolio might include academic essays or research papers, a prompt book, a playwriting sample, program notes, play analysis, etc. 


  • Provide a current resume
  • Bring a portfolio (digital or physical) that can be referred to during the interview.

The portfolio might include sketches, renderings, research, models, construction photos, sound and CAD files, etc. Any personal or class art projects can be included and will be extremely helpful. While final production photos are helpful, focus should be on the process. While artistry will be considered, we are far more interested in process and understanding your overall activity in technical theatre and/or design.

If you do not have a portfolio, please be prepared to talk about your interest, experience, and aptitude for technical theatre.

Office of Undergraduate Admission
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive, Suite 1
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499

For program information, please contact:

Department of Theatre Arts
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443

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