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BFA in Acting
Pace School of Performing Arts’ Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting is a competitive and comprehensive pre-professional program combining fundamental and cutting-edge actor training.
Taught by current industry professionals, the BFA in Acting is both a nurturing and rigorous environment offering diverse perspectives in the craft of acting and insight into a career in entertainment. With studio classes, performance opportunities and personal attention all in the heart of New York City, our BFA Acting major offers a unique and thrilling experience for the young actor who is interested in developing skills and strengthening discipline together into a cohesive synthesis.
The industry is changing and at Pace School of Performing Arts we are changing with it. While we value the rich history and traditions of theater and entertainment, we are dedicated to training students for today’s ever-changing industry. We believe your talent and artistic voice is unique. Our approach is a balance of process (the work) and product (the results). With small class sizes and a cutting-edge curriculum, our conservatory-style training ensures you receive the individual attention you need to grow as an artist and performer while achieving academic success.
Our faculty is comprised of New York-based and world-renowned professionals who work in the business and also possess the desire to educate young artists. Your professors can be: award-winning directors, major motion picture actors, Broadway company members, casting directors, artistic directors, or founding members of their own companies.
At Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) we believe that live performance is a key element in the training and development of young artists. PPA provides students the opportunity to perform in more than 50 productions a year (including plays, musicals, film shoots and dance concerts) in one of our many performance spaces. Students of the BFA Acting major also perform off-campus in various off-Broadway venues.
BFA Acting students often are also part of the the Pace New Works Initiative. NWI is modeled after the Sundance Lab in Utah and the O’Neil Theater center in Connecticut, and aims to be a home where major American artists can explore and develop new works incorporating Pace Performing Arts majors. The projects are chosen each year through a national submission process.
The Pace School of Performing Arts is strategically located - our New York City campus is at the pulse of the theater community where you begin building your career network the day you arrive at Pace, not the day you graduate. With faculty approval and guidance, students are permitted to seek out professional opportunities while still enrolled in the program.
Our guest directors and master class artists are some of the top minds in the field. Recent visiting artists include Andy Blankenbuehler, John Doyle, Mandy Moore, Jack O’Brien, Michael Grief, David Stone, Joanna Gleason, Adam Guettel, Jerry Mitchell, Stephen Flaherty, Rachel Chavkin.
Your career begins the day you enter Pace Performing Arts not the day you graduate!
All applicants must first read the complete audition requirements and then upload the required materials to Acceptd. If a callback has been issued, the second audition will require you to attend one of our on-campus or regional auditions (details below).
Applicants should prepare two contemporary, contrasting monologues from published full-length plays. Each monologue should not exceed 90 seconds. The selections must be memorized and performed without a prompter or referring to the script. The monologue should be age appropriate. At the audition, you will likely perform one of the two monologues in which you uploaded on Acceptd. You may use the same monologues they submitted on Acceptd, or you may choose new material; most choose to keep the same material.
At check-in you will also be assigned a basic scene and scene partner. This scene does not need to be memorized. You and your scene partner will be given an order in which to present the scene after all monologues
You may be asked to participate in a movement callback. Please bring appropriate clothing for this portion of the audition. You will be given time to change. Callback sheets will be posted periodically with the names of those selected for the movement audition. Not everyone will be called back for this portion of the audition.
BFA Acting auditions can last up to four hours if a student receives a movement callback.
Audition results are mailed from the School of Performing Arts after all audition dates have passed – usually in mid-March. Only students who have been admitted to Pace for academic study will receive audition result letters.