At The Conservatory, the audition is a short workshop. The school’s most experienced instructors will evaluate your performance, how well you have prepared, and how you respond to criticism and direction. They will work with you on your performance to allow you to experience the conservatory’s methodology. They will also get to know a little more about you through a conversation about your goals, hobbies, and interests.
You may audition at an Open House, at any stop on our audition tour, or during a NYCDA visit. While we think it is very important for you to experience a live interaction with our instructors while you evaluate the school, we also accept auditions via Skype or Facetime, and video. To submit a video, email it directly or upload to YouTube and send the URL link to email@example.com, with your name and the program you are applying for in the subject line.
What to Prepare:
Film & TV Degree Program
For the audition, please prepare two contemporary (1950s-present), age-appropriate monologues that are each one minute in length. Monologues should be contrasting and from a published play, screenplay, web series, or television script. Examples of contrasting monologues would be one dramatic and one comedic or monologues of the same genre with noticeably contrasting characters. We recommend reading the full play or script to fully understand the character you are portraying. Headshots are resumes are optional. You must be at least 15 years old in order to audition for NYCDA.
Musical Theater Degree Program
Auditioning in New York:
Please prepare a one-minute contemporary (1950s-present) monologue from a published play, screenplay, television script, or web series, and sheet music for a 32-bar cut of a musical theater song. An accompanist will be provided. Résumés and headshots are optional.
Auditioning in other cities:
Please send a video of yourself performing a musical theater song with accompaniment to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the program you are applying for in the subject line. For your in-person audition, prepare a one-minute contemporary (1950s-present) monologue, and 32 bars of your previously submitted song to be performed a cappella. Monologues should be from a published play, screenplay, television script, or web series. Résumés and headshots are optional.
Summer Intensive Training
An audition is not required for entry to the summer programs. However, you may audition for a scholarship to be applied to the summer tuition. Please prepare one contemporary (1950s-present), age-appropriate monologue, one minute in length. Do your best to memorize and prepare fully.
When you enter the audition room, you will be introduced to your auditor. They may ask you to state your name and the titles of the audition pieces you will be performing. It is important to know the name of the script your piece is from as well as who wrote it.
After you perform your audition pieces the auditor will give you feedback on your performance. They will also re-direct one of your pieces and workshop it with you. Before your audition ends the auditor will talk to you about your experience, your goals, and give you the opportunity to ask questions about NYCDA and its programs.
No scenery or props should be used. If you need a chair for your audition, one will be provided.
Your audition experience will give you a good idea of what it means to be a student at The Conservatory. Our students often tell us that their audition changed the way they see their acting and opened a door to a new world of possibilities for them.
“This audition was the best experience I’ve ever had. After knowing me for 5 minutes the auditor had my personality pin-pointed down to a tee. He opened my eyes to things I knew I needed to work on for a long time, but hearing it from someone who had just met me, really sank in for me.”