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Auditions and Interviews

Congratulations, you're on your way to making your debut at Pace University's School of Performing Arts!

First-year and Transfer Students

  • 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. The application does not need to be complete with transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay, etc., to begin Step 2 of the process below.

    Application Deadlines

    • November 1: Early Decision - binding, applicable ONLY to Commercial Dance applicants admitted at summer conventions in 2020
    • November 15: Priority filing deadline for FAFSA
    • December 1: Early Action - non-binding, students are notified of academic decision in January
    • December 15: Application Final Deadline - no Application for Admission to the School of Performing Arts will be accepted after this date
    • January 15: Pre-screen Deadline - all pre-screens must be in by this date for callback consideration
    • May 1: Deposit Deadline - commitment date for all admitted students, no new decisions will go out after this date

    When applying to Pace University, select one of the following majors (even if you plan on auditioning/interviewing for multiple majors) on the application:

    • Acting (BFA) – major code ATG
    • Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, and 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
    • Stage Management (BA) – major code SMT
    • Directing (BA) – major code DIR
    • Acting (BA) – major code ATG
  • Once prospective students have applied for academic admission to Pace, they should create a profile on Acceptd and upload the pre-screen requirements to all programs in which they wish to audition. Acceptd is the digital platform that Pace uses both as the initial screening process (pre-screen) and for the live, virtual audition/interview. Students will also select their first and second choice audition/interview dates at time of submission. NOTE: While applicants do not have to know the decision on the academic application, students WILL need their Pace ID number - this is sent via email after the academic application is processed.

    Submission requirements are outlined below in the requirements by major section and on the Acceptd website. The deadline to submit the digital audition and/or portfolio is January 15. Students are highly encouraged to submit the pre-screen early!

    Students may submit pre-screens 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 is allowed.

  • Our faculty will review each digital submission and issue decisions on all submissions. For those issued callbacks, the faculty will need to see the applicant for a virtual audition or interview. Students will be notified via Acceptd of the faculty’s decision within two weeks from time of submission, and if given a callback, will be granted either their first or second choice audition date. Students who are not called back will also be notified in the same time frame.

    If a student does not hear back from the School of Performing Arts within three weeks, they may email performingarts@pace.edu.

    NOTE: Pace is closed from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. Students submitting pre-screens during this week should expect a longer wait time to hear back regarding the faculty decision.

  • Students select first and second choice audition/interview dates and times on their Acceptd submission. If granted multiple callbacks, the student will need to attend all auditions/interviews (all programs audition/interview separately).

    In order to be considered for admission to Pace Performing Arts, students must to attend one of our auditions or interviews. The audition incorporates elements beyond the requirements of the pre-screen and faculty are not able to make admission decisions without seeing all candidates live. The School of Performing Arts does not audition or interview any student privately or outside of the pre-arranged schedule.

    Each callback audition will happen on AuditionRoom, a new platform in development with Acceptd. Anticipate a $10 fee for each audition/interview. This fee does not go to Pace but will be collected by AuditionRoom.

  • The academic admission process occurs separately from the audition process. The academic admission decision may occur before or after the audition or interview with Pace Performing Arts – it all depends on how quickly the student turns in application materials.

    In any case, however, the student must have gained academic acceptance to Pace before Performing Arts can convey the audition/interview result. Pace Performing Arts notifies students electronically after the audition/interview season has concluded.

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

  • Immediately after all auditions and interviews have occurred, the School of Performing Arts begins the careful process of making final decisions. If a student has been notified of their academic admission to Pace via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Performing Arts can send the result.

    All decision notifications (admit, waitlist, decline) from Pace Performing Arts are sent electronically through the student’s applicant portal. 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.

Requirements Per Program

  • Acceptd pre-screen upload*:

    • Headshot or photo
    • Resume
    • 2 contemporary (written after 1945) monologues, contrasting, from published full-length plays, each under 90 seconds
    • 1 (optional) reel that includes any work you have done in film, TV, voice-overs, or commercials
    • 1 (optional) "wild card" that can be anything you want - be your creative and interesting self!

    Callback audition:

    • Be prepared to present one - perhaps two - monologues (can be the same or different from pre-screen)
    • Additional details will be sent in advance of the audition

    *All three acting majors upload the same materials on Acceptd; prospective students select which major or majors they are interested in as they create their Acceptd profile.

  • Acceptd pre-screen upload*:

    • Headshot or photo
    • Resume
    • 2 contemporary (written after 1945) monologues, contrasting, from published full-length plays, each under 90 seconds
    • 1 (optional) reel that includes any work you have done in film, TV, voice-overs, or commercials
    • 1 (optional) "wild card" that can be anything you want - be your creative and interesting self!

    Callback audition:

    • Be prepared to present one - perhaps two - monologues (can be the same or different from pre-screen)
    • Additional details will be sent in advance of the audition

    *All three acting majors upload the same materials on Acceptd; prospective students select which major or majors they are interested in as they create their Acceptd profile.

  • Acceptd pre-screen upload*:

    • Headshot or photo
    • Resume
    • 2 contemporary (written after 1945) monologues, contrasting, from published full-length plays, each under 90 seconds
    • 1 (optional) reel that includes any work you have done in film, TV, voice-overs, or commercials
    • 1 (optional) "wild card" that can be anything you want - be your creative and interesting self!

    Callback audition:

    • Be prepared to present one - perhaps two - monologues (can be the same or different from pre-screen)
    • Additional details will be sent in advance of the audition

    *All three acting majors upload the same materials on Acceptd; prospective students select which major or majors they are interested in as they create their Acceptd profile.

  • Acceptd pre-screen upload:

    • Headshot or photo
    • Resume
    • 2 photos (full body) – one in first arabesque en l’air and the second pose of your choosing
    • 1 solo dance video under two minutes - can be in a studio or as a featured dancer and choreographed by yourself, a teacher, or friend
    • 1 (optional) "wild card" that can be anything you want - be your creative and interesting self!

    Callback audition:

    • Prospective students will be evaluated in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop in small groups
    • Some students will be asked to stay for a final interview
  • Acceptd pre-screen upload:

    • Resume
    • One video clip (no longer than 2 minutes) in which you give an elevator pitch for a show you would like to direct
    • A directing portfolio that includes anything that supports your experience or interests in stage directing - can be submitted as a single multi-page document or as a link to your website
    • 1 (optional) "wild card" that can be anything you want - be your creative and interesting self!

    Callback audition:

    • Additional details will be sent in advance of the interview
  • Pace participates in the Musical Theater Common Pre-Screen. For detailed information, please visit the pre-screen GetAcceptd webpage.

    Acceptd pre-screen upload:

    • Headshot or photo
    • Resume
    • 1 contemporary (written after 1945) monologue from a published full-length play, under 90 seconds (OPTION A from Common Pre-Screen)
    • 2 song selections, contrasting, each 60-90 seconds (either OPTION A or OPTION B from Common Pre-Screen)
    • 1 dance solo - can be in any dance style you choose or a sampling of styles (under 5 minutes, please) (DANCE OPTION A)
    • 1 (optional) "wild card" video/media - can be anything you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?

    Callback audition:

    • Be prepared to present one contemporary monologue (can be the same or different from pre-screen)
    • Be prepared to present up to three contrasting song selections, each under one minute (can be the same or different from pre-screen)
    • There will be no dance call for Fall 2022 - your dance pre-screen will be used for adjudication
    • Additional details will be sent in advance of the audition
  • Acceptd pre-screen upload:

    • Resume
    • Portfolio that includes any and all relevant material for you as a designer or stage technician
    • 1 (optional) “wild card” video clip that can be anything you want - be your creative and interesting self!

    Interview:

    • Be prepared to discuss your portfolio, experience, and interest in Pace/NYC. Interviews are in-person and virtual.
  • Acceptd pre-screen upload:

    • Resume
    • Portfolio that includes any and all relevant material for you as a stage manager - samples from a prompt book, contact sheets, etc.
    • 1 (optional) “wild card” video clip that can be anything you want - be your creative and interesting self!

    Interview:

    • Be prepared to discuss your portfolio, experience, and interest in Pace/NYC. Interviews are in-person and virtual.

Current Students

Current Pace University students wishing to become a School of Performing Arts major do not need to re-submit the academic application. Current students are, however, required to upload the specified media per major(s) of interest on Acceptd as outlined in step 2 of the first-year and transfer section. Please note that Acceptd will charge a one-time fee of $80.00 for any amount of program submissions.

Faculty will review the media submissions on Acceptd on a rolling basis. Students will be notified regarding the callback decision within two weeks 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 emailed to the student from the School of Performing Arts in late March.

A Note To All Applicants

A $75.00 non-refundable audition fee will be collected at the time of your Acceptd upload. 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 and 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.