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.

Audition Information

Students that have applied and are interested in the program are encouraged to audition and/or interview on one of the following two days:

  • February 29, 2020
  • March 28, 2020
  • April 4, 2020

Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. in Parker Theatre with an information session starting at 12:00 p.m..

If you are unable to attend either of those dates or need to cancel due to weather, please contact us.

Please contact Lisa Harding at or 845-257-3865 to schedule an audition/interview.

For admissions information, please contact:

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