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Admission

UPDATED April 1, 2022

If you were unable to attend interview and audition days on Feb. 12, March 26, and April 2, please reach out and we will schedule a time to meet!

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, you will learn about our community and get a sense of the character of the Department. We want to ensure that what we offer is what students are looking for in a rigorous four-year program.

Performance students: You should prepare an audition 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 them. Additionally, you will spend some time speaking with a faculty member.

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

Design/Technology students: Please bring 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.

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
goldstek@newpaltz.edu

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.

PERFORMANCE

  • 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.

THEATRE STUDIES 

  • 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. 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY 

  • 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
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:

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