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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 a one-minute contemporary (1950s-present), age-appropriate monologue. The monologue should be from a published play, screenplay, web series, or television script. Make sure your monologue is well-prepared and memorized, as your auditor will be a faculty member who will workshop your monologue with you. We recommend reading the full play or script to fully understand the character you are portraying. Head shots and resumes are optional.
Musical Theater Degree Program
Please prepare a one-minute contemporary (1950s-present) monologue from a published play, screenplay, television script, or web series, and 32 bars of a musical theater song. Bring sheet music marked to your 32-bar cut, as an accompanist will be provided. Make sure your monologue and song are well-prepared and memorized. Your auditor will be a faculty member who will workshop either your song or monologue with you. We recommend reading the full play or script to fully understand the character you are portraying. Head shots are resumes are optional
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 New York 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.”