How to Audition

 

How to Audition/Interview

Are you a prospective freshman or transfer student interested in joining Pace Performing Arts in Fall 2014?

Follow these six steps:

1. Apply for academic admission to Pace
2. Submit your audition video
3. Get a callback
4. Attend an on-campus or regional audition
5. Get your academic admission decision
6. Get your Performing Arts audition result

1) Apply for academic admission to Pace

All prospective Performing Arts students must submit an Application for Admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before beginning the audition or interview process. Your application does not need to be complete with transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay, etc., to begin Step 2 of the process below.

The Application for Admission to the University must be submitted by JAN. 15, 2014 to be eligible for Fall 2014 admission.  No applications to Performing Arts will be accepted after this date. Prospective Performing Arts students are highly encouraged to apply early – waiting until January 15th could jeopardize the availability of an audition date.

When applying to Pace University, you must list one of the following majors on your application or you will not receive access to information about auditioning:

  • Acting (BFA) – major code ATG;
  • Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, & Commercials (BFA) – major code FTV;
  • Commercial Dance (BFA) – major code CDN;
  • Musical Theater (BFA) – major code MTR;
  • Production & Design for Stage & Screen (BFA) – major code PDS;
  • Directing (BA) – major code DIR;
  • Theater Arts-Acting (BA) – major code THA;
  • Stage Management (BA) – major code SMT

2) Submit your audition video

Once you have applied for academic admission to Pace, you will be granted access to upload and submit your audition/portfolio materials to Acceptd.  Acceptd is the digital platform that Pace uses as an initial screening process for the in-person audition.  All students are required to upload the required materials, per the program(s) of interest.  Students will also select their first and second choice audition dates at time of submission.

Submission requirements are outlined below and on the Acceptd website. The deadline to submit digital audition is February 15, 2014.

Students will be allowed to submit materials to as many programs as they wish. Once prospective students have submitted materials for a specific program, they will not be permitted to resubmit to that same program; only one submission through Acceptd for each program will be allowed.

To view audition or portfolio requirements for this portion of the audition, or to get started on your upload, please click on the link below and choose your intended major.

Submit your digital application

3) Get a callback

Our faculty will review each digital submission and issue callbacks to those students we wish to attend either an on-campus or regional audition or interview. You will be notified via email of the faculty’s decision within one week of submission, and if given a callback, will be granted either their first or second choice audition date. If a student does not hear back from a Performing Arts representative after two weeks, please call the office directly at 212-618-6100 or email performingarts@pace.edu. Please make sure that your email spam filter recognizes pace.edu as an acceptable domain.

4) Attend an on-campus or regional audition/interview

At the time of your Acceptd media submission, you will also select your first and second choice audition dates and times.  If you’ve received multiple program callbacks, you’ll need to make arrangements to attend all auditions (all programs audition separately).

Find out your date to audition

In order to be considered for admission to Pace Performing Arts, you need to attend one of our auditions. The audition incorporates elements beyond the requirements you prepared for your pre-screen and faculty are not able to make admission decisions without seeing you in person. Pace Performing Arts does not audition or interview any student privately or outside of the pre-arranged schedule.

5) Get your admission decision

The academic admission process occurs separately from the audition process. You might find out your academic admission decision before your audition with Pace Performing Arts, or you may not – it all depends on the rate in which you turn in your application materials.

In any case, however, you need to have received your academic acceptance to Pace before Performing Arts can convey the result of your audition in late March. Your letter of academic admission (sent from the Office of Undergraduate Admission) will arrive first and your audition decision letter (sent from Pace Performing Arts) will arrive separately after all auditions have occurred and all students are evaluated.

6) Get your audition result

Immediately after all auditions have occurred, Pace Performing Arts begins the careful process of putting together our acceptances to each program. If a student has been notified of their academic admission to Pace via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Performing Arts can send the audition decision letter.

Decision letters from Pace Performing Arts are mailed out in the last two weeks of March, permitted you have been accepted academically to Pace.  Students might be accepted academically and not to Performing Arts, in which case the student is free to attend Pace as an Undecided student or in another major.  Some students attend with the intention of re-auditioning for the same major or another major.  This is permitted, but please be advised that only one re-audition for Pace Performing Arts (for however many programs) is allowed.

A note to all applicants:

A $50.00 non-refundable audition fee will be collected by Acceptd when uploading your digital materials. In addition, Acceptd will charge a one-time fee of $25.00 to apply for programs at Pace. You only pay once to upload and audition for Performing Arts – look for the code on Acceptd when submitting to multiple programs to avoid additional fees.

While we understand that the audition fee might be a burden on some families, please understand that we only collect this fee to pay for the faculty and musicians that are required at our auditions.

No cash, checks, or other monies will be collected by Pace Performing Arts, so please do not send audition payment to Performing Arts.

What you need to prepare:

Pace Performing Arts

Audition Requirements Per Major
For Fall 2014 Entry

Acting for Film, TV, Voice-overs & Commercials (BFA) Acting (BFA)

Acceptd:

  • Headshot or photo
  • Resume
  • 2 monologues contemporary, contrasting, from published plays OR film/TV, and under 90 seconds
  • 1 (optional) reel that includes any work you have done in film, TV, commercials or voice-over

In-person:

  • Same as above, except be prepared for a screen test for ON-CAMPUS auditions.
Details about your audition process

Acceptd:

  • Headshot or photo
  • Resume
  • 2 monologues contemporary, contrasting, from published plays, and under 90 seconds

In-person audition:

  • Same as above, except be prepared to do scene work, and a movement call
Details about your audition process
Commercial Dance (BFA) Musical Theater (BFA)

Acceptd:

  • Resume
  • 2 photos (full body) – one in first arabesque en l’air and the second pose of your own choosing
  • Solo dance video – can be in a studio or as a featured dancer, under two minutes.

In-person audition:

  • Be prepared to spend four hours with us and participate in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop
Details about your audition process

Acceptd:

  • Headshot or photo
  • Resume
  • 2 32-bar song selections, contrasting
  • 1 monologue, contemporary, from a published play, and under 90 seconds
  • 1 (optional*) solo dance video - can be in a studio or as a featured dancer, under two minutes

In-person audition:

  • Same as above, but be prepared for a dance call with ballet, jazz, and tap AND bring your sheet music
Details about your audition process
Production & Design for Stage & Screen (BFA) Stage Management (BA)

Acceptd:

  • Resume
  • Portfolio that includes any and all relevant material for you as a designer or stage technician

Interview:

  • Can be in-person, via Skype, or over the phone, see official interview dates on schedule below

Details about your audition process

Acceptd:

  • Resume
  • Portfolio that includes any and all relevant material for you as stage or production manager

Interview:

  • Can be in-person, via Skype, or over the phone, see official interview dates on schedule below

Details about your audition process

Acting – International Performance Ensemble (BA) Directing – International Performance Ensemble (BA)

Acceptd:

  • Headshot or photo
  • Resume
  • 2 monologues, contemporary, contrasting, from published plays, and under 90 seconds

In-person audition:

  • You will only present ONE monologue; be prepared for an interview and a movement workshop
Details about your audition process

Acceptd:

  • Resume
  • Directing portfolio that includes any materials that pertain to your experience or interests in directing
  • One short video clip of yourself in which you discuss your director’s vision for a play OR discussing your personal or artist statement: why directing? Why Pace?

Interview:

  • Can be in-person, via Skype, or over the phone, see official interview dates on schedule below
Details about your audition process

Requirements For Current Students

Current Pace students – both Performing Arts majors and non-majors seeking admission to a specific program – must audition on campus on March 1st or 2nd, 2014.  Current students are NOT required to submit materials through Acceptd.  Students may audition for Performing Arts programs a maximum of two times; if you have already auditioned once (for any program), this audition will be your final audition for any program in the department.

To schedule an audition for Fall 2014 please call Performing Arts Recruitment at (212) 618-6100 or email performingarts@pace.edu.

Questions?

Wayne Petro, Recruitment Coordinator & Incoming Advisor, wpetro@pace.edu

If you have questions regarding the University admission process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (212) 346-1323 or via email at ugnyc@pace.edu.

Audition Dates