Professional Training Program
APPLICATION Requirements

The following are required for consideration to the New York Conservatory:

- Audition
- Online Application and Fee
- Essay
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Transcripts, Proof of Graduation
• International Student Official Transcripts, Proof of Graduation, Language Proficiency
- TOEFL (not required but encouraged)
- Resume (not required but encouraged)
- Form I-20, Visa, and F-1 Information

We hold auditions here at the Conservatory every Monday and Friday. If you cannot make it to NYC, you can audition during our National Audition Tour.

The requirements to audition for the Professional Training Program  are as follows:
• 2 Contemporary, Contrasting Monologues (e.g., one comedic and one dramatic) fully memorized
• Approximately 1 minute per piece
• Legitimate Source Material (i.e., a published or produced piece from film, television, or theatre)
• Age appropriate

We understand that not everyone can make it to New York City or to our National Audition Tour to audition. If this is the case, we are happy to review online submissions through YOUSENDIT, a third part website that is secure for your privacy and FREE of charge. You will need to log in and create an account.

The same auditions requirements apply for the online audition, however before you start your monologues please introduce yourself (name, age, hometown) and introduce your monologues.

Once you have uploaded your video to the site, your admissions coordinator will receive notification and can then download your clip. It’s secure, safe, and private. Please make sure to email a recent photograph of yourself to your admissions coordinator.

Be sure to complete and SUBMIT your online application and application fee of $50.

Once you start your application, you will be asked to write an essay. Review the questions below and choose ONE to write about. We would suggest you take some time to think about what you are going to write. Additionally, we suggest you write your essay using a word processing program and take time to proofread your answer.

1. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in theatrical work, film, a piece of art, etc.) that has had an influence on you and explain how you were influenced.

2. Evaluate a significant life experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

3. Tell us about a film performance this year that inspired you. What aspects of that performance made it so compelling to you?

A recommendation letter should speak to who you are, how you work, and your passion for the performing arts. You can ask a teacher, employer, director, or anyone you believe will write well on your behalf. Keep in mind, a recommendation from a family member is not sufficient. Be sure to give your recommenders enough time to write your recommendation.

Official transcripts, mark sheets, examination scores, and diplomas must be sent directly from the secondary/post-secondary institution or testing authority. Transcripts are considered official only if they are sent directly to The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts from the education institution of origin, or are certified as true copies by the student’s Ministry of Education, U.S. Consular Office, or credential evaluation service. Photocopies, facsimiles, and notarized copies of academic records are not considered to be official and will not be accepted. Academic records issued in a language other than English are required to be translated and proven to be from the institution of origin by a reputable translation agency.

All transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited credential evaluation service (with the exception of Canadian students). The evaluation must indicate that the student has received the equivalency of a U.S. high school diploma and must show a course by course evaluation and GPA.

The applicant is responsible for the timely evaluation of documents and for all costs and fees associated with these services. While the Conservatory recommends World Educational Services (WES) or Global Credential Evaluators (GCE), a student can use any of the credential evaluation services listed below:

Academic Evaluation Services, Inc.
A2Z Evaluations, LLC
Center for Applied Research
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc.
Evaluation Service, Inc.
Foundation for International Services, Inc.
Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Global Services Associates, Inc.
International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
International Ed. Research Foundation, Inc.
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
Span Tran Educational Services, Inc.
World Education Services (WES)

TOEFL: Test of English as a Forein Language (not required but encouraged)
The TOEFL test is not required, though it is encouraged for students whose native language is not English. Language proficiency will be assessed during the Admissions process.

RESUME (not required but encouraged)
Tell us what you’ve been involved in outside of school. For example, please list any jobs, volunteer work, sports, clubs, honors societies, school or regional theater experience, or anything else you would like us to know. The resume is especially helpful for us if you have been out of high school for more than 3 years.

The Conservatory is approved by the Department of Homeland Security to issue a Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) generated I-20 for the student applicant to submit when applying for an F-1 student visa. International students must meet all criteria for admission plus provide proof they have sufficient funds to complete the program.

Please click here for important I-20 information. Upon acceptance to our programs and receipt of the I-20 application and supporting financial documentation, an I-20 will be processed and sent to the student. The student must then apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their country of citizenship (NOTE: Citizens of Canada, Bermuda or residents of certain other islands described in 8 CFR 212.1(a), generally do not need a visa.)

In addition to the application materials, international students must prove they hold a valid passport.

F-1 students are not permitted to work off campus or to engage in business without specific employment authorization. Prior to graduation from the Conservatory, F-1 students can apply for Optional Practical Training, (OPT), which is temporary employment directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. OPT can start within 60 days of program completion.