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School of Theatre

School of Theatre Application Process

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 School of Theatre. 

Because the audition experience itself is so worthwhile, and there is no charge, all competent students are encouraged to register and to participate in the auditions. For the convenience of students and parents, auditions will be held at locations around the state.

Application Process

ELIGIBILITY: The School of Theatre is open to all New York State school students currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12 who qualify through the audition process.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Previous acting experience is not a prerequisite for your participation.

APPLICATION: Click here to submit your online application for the School of Theatre.  Please complete the application form at least 10 days before the scheduled date of the audition site you select. Please include a headshot of yourself with the application (A snapshot of yourself, no larger than 4" x 6", clear enough for facial identification). Upon receipt of this application, the NYSSSA office will send complete information, audition time and directions to regional audition sites.

Audition Requirements

Pre-Registration is STRONGLY encouraged to ensure your space at your preferred audition location.

Applicants must memorize two monologues of two minutes each. Selections should be from well-known, published plays (not musicals), and should reflect contrasting moods and/or characters. A list of audition scenes recommended by School of Theatre faculty appears in this site.

You should choose two monologues - one classical and one contemporary - which are within your range of life experience and ability, or monologues from any published plays to which you feel especially close. We recommend that you read the entire play from which your excerpt is taken, in order to better understand and interpret your selection.


School of Theatre faculty who serve as adjudicators are interested in how you use yourself honestly, rather than how you can “put on a character.” You will be rated on honesty, interpretation, diction/voice, relaxation/concentration, and movement.

Audition Dates

February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
Ripley Grier Studios
New York, New York

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total cost of tuition, room, and board is $2,250. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.