Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

What programs does the Pace Performing Arts offer?
Pace Performing Arts currently offers five BFA degrees: Acting; Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs & Commercials; Musical Theater; Commercial Dance; and Production & Design for Stage & Screen. We also offer three BA degrees: Acting and Directing – both part of the International Performance Ensemble – and a BA in Stage Management.

What is the International Performance Ensemble?
The International Performance Ensemble incorporates the BA Acting and Directing programs into ensembles – or companies – that enter into a year-long process of collaborative development and production of full-length plays.  Students take Performance Ensemble courses in their first and third years, alongside other core program requirements such as Acting, Movement, Vocal Production, etc.  This is a highly individualized and professionally guided program, unique in the landscape of performing arts programs in the U.S.  Students have a special travel abroad experience in the second year of the program to present their work.

What is the most important factor when admitting a student into the program?
As an undergraduate training program, our applicant pool is diverse in experience, education, and exposure. We look for applicants who demonstrate talent and potential as well as a readiness to study their craft in New York City. Many factors in the audition and interview process contribute to our decision.

How many theater/musical theater shows does Pace put up a year?
There are between 40 and 50 performance opportunities for Pace students each year. Pace Performing Arts produces 4 full-length musicals, at least 4 full-length plays, and 2 major dance performances every year. The department also supports student directing projects and has two student-run theater organizations that produce around 12 performing opportunities each year. Additional programming each year includes: Pace New Musicals, Directors’ Festival, New Works Initiative (NWI), and the Pace Performing Arts Masters Series.

What are the sizes of the BFA Musical Theater & the BFA Acting programs?
Each program has an enrollment goal between 24-28 students each year.

Is double majoring an option?
Double majoring may or may not be an option and ultimately depends on your program. Each program has sequential curriculum (particularly the BFA degrees) and may not allow time for classes in other majors. Many BFA and BA students manage to fit an academic minor into their schedules; Arts & Entertainment Management is a popular choice for many Performing Arts majors.  Double majoring is not permitted with another Performing Arts major.

Are voice lessons available to students not enrolled in the Musical Theater program?
Our private voice faculty serves the Musical Theater students only, but there are many opportunities to study voice in New York City outside of the Pace curriculum.

Does Pace have a cut system?
Pace does not have a cut system. Each major relies on the constant contact and feedback of its faculty.

As far as performance experience, when is a student allowed to audition and/or be in a theater or dance production?
BFA Students are required to audition for campus productions beginning in the first semester of the freshman year. BA students in the International Performance Ensemble are required to participate in the shows they develop in the first year, resulting in multiple performances and the possibility of traveling internationally with their work. With faculty approval and support, all Performing Arts students are allowed to seek opportunities outside of school.

Is there a freshman or senior showcase?
Musical Theater students perform a freshman cabaret at the end of their Spring semester. Freshman BFA Acting students will perform in a scene festival at the end of their Spring semester. The students in the International Performance Ensemble will create and produce a traveling show at the end of their first year. Dance majors will have the opportunity to perform is the annual spring dance show “Dance Out Loud.” In addition, there is a Senior Showcase for the Musical Theater and Acting students, which attracts agents, directors, and managers from the New York theatre scene.

What is the dance program for MTs like? How often do MTs dance? What classes do they take?
Musical Theater students take courses in ballet, jazz, tap, theatre dance, and hip hop to name a few. There are a total of 9 required dance courses (at least one every semester) that Musical Theater students must complete over 4 years.

How long will my interview for Production & Design or Stage Management take?
Interviews are scheduled for 30 minutes. Please arrive ½ hour early and be prepared to stay ½ hour later if your interview runs long.

If I am a Production & Design or Stage Management major, can I audition for mainstage shows?
No. Your time will be committed to working on production and design assignments.




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Wayne Petro
Recruitment Coordinator & Incoming Advisor