How to Audition

 

How to Audition/Interview

Pace School of Performing Arts Audition and Interview Guidelines for Prospective Freshman and Transfer Students – Fall 2015

Follow these six steps:

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

1) Apply for academic admission to Pace

All prospective students to the School of Performing Arts 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, 2015 to be eligible for Fall 2015 admission. No applications to the school of Performing Arts will be accepted after this date. Prospective 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, Commercials, and Voice-overs (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;
  • Stage Managament (BA) – major code SMT;
  • Directing (BA) – major code DIR;
  • Theater Arts-Acting (BA) – major code THA;

2) Submit your audition or portfolio media

Once you have applied for academic admission to Pace, you will be granted access to upload and submit your audition/portfolio materials to Acceptd by using your official Pace University ID number (given to you via email upon receipt of your application).  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, 2015.

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 on-campus or regional auditions or interviews. Students 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 you do not hear back from the School of Performing Arts within two weeks, you may call the office directly at 212-618-6100 or email performingarts@pace.edu. Please check your email’s spam folder and make sure that the spam filter recognizes pace.edu as a trusted sender.

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. The School of 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.

You must be admitted to Pace before the May 1st deposit deadline in order to get an audition result decision from the School of Performing Arts. On May 1st, we close deposits to the School of Performing Arts and no new students are admitted or evaluated.

6) Get your Pace Performing Arts audition or interview result

Immediately after all auditions have occurred, the School of 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 throughout March, permitted you have been accepted academically to Pace.  Students might be accepted academically and not to the School of 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 the School of 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 multiple faculty and musicians that are required to review Acceptd submissions at be present at our auditions.

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

What you need to prepare:

Pace Performing Arts

Audition Requirements Per Major
For Fall 2015 Entry

All acting programs:
- Acting (BFA)
- Acting for Film, TV, Commercials, and Voice-overs (BFA)
- Acting – International Performance Ensemble (BA)

Acceptd:

All candidates submit ONCE for the three acting majors, indicating on Acceptd which programs they are interested in; faculty review and issue callback(s) for one or more major

  • Headshot or photo
  • Resume
  • 2 monologues contemporary, contrasting, from published plays, and under 90 seconds
  • 1 (optional) reel that includes any work you have done in film, TV, commercials, or voice-over
  • 1 "wild card" video clip (optional) that can be anything you want, including you speaking about your favorite hobby, current event, or other topic of your choosing.

Con't from left column

BFA Acting in-person audition:

  • Same as left, except be prepared to do scene work, and a movement workshop*

*This is a day-of callback and not all students will be invited to participate

Details about your audition process

BFA Acting for Film, TV, Commercials, and Voice-overs in-person audition:

  • Same as left, except be prepared for a screen test for ON-CAMPUS auditions

Details about your audition process

BA Acting-International Performance Ensemble in-person audition:
  • Please be prepared to present both monologues; be prepared for an interview and a movement workshop
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
  • 1 “wild card” video clip (optional) that can be anything you want, including you speaking about your favorite hobby, current event, or other topic of your choosing

In-person audition:

  • Be prepared to spend four hours with us and participate in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop evaluation
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
  • 1 “wild card” video clip (optional) that can be anything you want, including you speaking about your favorite hobby, current event, or other topic of your choosing

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
  • 1 “wild card” video clip (optional) that can be anything you want, including you speaking about your favorite hobby, current event, or other topic of your choosing

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
  • 1 “wild card” video clip (optional) that can be anything you want, including you speaking about your favorite hobby, current event, or other topic of your choosing

Interview:

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

Details about your audition process

Directing – International Performance Ensemble (BA)

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?
  • 1 “wild card” video clip (optional) that can be anything you want, including you speaking about your favorite hobby, current event, or other topic of your choosing

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 – are allowed one re-audition for the School of Performing Arts.  Current students are required to upload the specified media per major(s) of interest on Acceptd as outlined above.  Please note that Acceptd will charge a one-time fee of $25.00 for any amount of program submissions; Pace School of Performing Arts does NOT collect any additional fee.

Faculty will review the media submissions on Acceptd on a rolling basis.  Students will be notified regarding the callback decision within one week of submission regarding our decision on whether to grant a callback audition or interview.  If granted a callback (sent via email), students will automatically be scheduled for their first or second choice audition/interview date.

Final decisions regarding the audition or interview will be mailed to the student from the School of Performing Arts in late March.

Questions?

Wayne Petro, M.S.,
Enrollment Manager
School of Performing Arts
212-618-6115
wpetro@pace.edu

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

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