Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully this page will answer any questions you may have. If your question has not been answered, please feel free to call us 212-998-1960 or email us at

Before Applying

Do I need a bachelor's degree to apply?

This is a Master’s Degree program. You must have a Bachelor’s Degree or be in the process of completing your Bachelor’s Degree in order to be considered for the program. Exceptions have been made but they are very rare. If you have a question about this please contact Graduate Admissions.

Does my Bachelor’s Degree have to be in Theatre?

No. Anyone with a Bachelor’s Degree is welcome to audition. If you don’t have any theatre/acting experience, you are still a viable candidate. The most important element is what you bring in the audition. 

Can I visit the campus?

We hold four information sessions each fall on campus. Attendees of the info sessions will receive a Student Discount to our 3rd year shows.

We encourage prospective students to attend our productions. This is a great way to experience our program.

Is there an age limit?

No. Individuals of all ages are welcome to apply as long as they hold a bachelor’s degree.

What are the application deadlines?

The application opens September 15th and must be submitted by January 1st. If you miss this deadline but still wish to audition, we will accept walk-in applicants in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Questions about the Program

Do you offer on campus housing?

No, but we do have a large network of current students and alumni who are often subletting their apartments or looking for roommates.

Applying for the Program

What is the application fee and is there a waiver available?

There is an application fee of $65 and an audition fee of $50. 

If you would like to request an application fee waiver, please contact Joseph Miserendino at and he can let you know what the procedure is. In your email, be prepared to explain the nature of the hardship and provide evidence supporting your request for a waiver. 


If you are unable to submit your official transcripts as a PDF, you can submit unofficial transcripts. However, if invited to attend Callbacks, you must submit official transcripts.

What if I am an international student and can’t fly in for the audition?

If you are an applicant who lives outside the United States, you can upload your initial audition on YouTube. Your video must include a brief introduction, four monologues (no longer than 2 minutes each) and an a cappella song. If you cannot access YouTube, you may submit a DVD, (which must be playable on an American system, Region 1 NTSC,) as well as a copy of your headshot, resume and personal statement to the address in the e-mail.

Auditioning for the Program

What should I prepare/bring?

Prepare 4 monologues - 2 contemporary and 2 classical.
It’s always helpful to embrace the idea of contrast. Monologues should be classical and contemporary, both comedic and dramatic, two being in verse (rhymed or unrhymed).


Prepare to sing 16 bars of a song acapella. This is just to see where you are with your voice. The song can be anything from a Broadway Classic to Happy Birthday, so pick something you are comfortable with.  

Bring your headshot, resume, and personal statement.

What do you consider “Classical”?

This question has gone under much debate, and often is considered “Classical” for one audition may be “Modern” for another. Classical pieces are pieces in which the author was born before the 1800s.

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