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School of Theatre

School of Theatre Application Process


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:  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

All students must prepare an audition video which includes a short introduction and the answers to the following questions: 

1) Why do you want to attend NYSSSA?

2) What do you expect to learn?

3) What shows have you done in the past year?

4) What do you love most about theatre?

5) Do you know anyone who has attended our program?

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.

Please either upload your video to YouTube and email us the link or email the video directly to You may also share your video with us on Google Drive - our Gmail is Please do so by 3/1.


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

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Tuition and Financial Aid

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSSSA will not be charging tuition for 2021 virtual programs.