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Training During COVID-19

The safety and comfort of our entire community of students, faculty and staff are top priority. Learn more about how we are planning for the school year in the midst of a global pandemic. To read more about Atlantic Theater Company and Atlantic Acting School’s company-wide response to COVID-19, click here.

How will classes be offered?

This depends on which program you’re interested in!

We are thrilled to finally be returning to the classroom for our Full-Time & Evening Conservatory programs, as well as select Part-Time Classes! In order t​o safeguard the health of our entire community, we are requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for all incoming and returning students ages 5 and up, as well as all Atlantic employees. All students and faculty must wear face coverings at all times while inside Atlantic spaces. All of our facilities have also been upgraded to meet and/or exceed air filtration standards as recommended by the CDC. We appreciate your patience and understanding! Questions? Feel free to email us at admissions@atlantictheater.org.

Our Global Virtual Conservatory is remote only, and our Part-Time Classes will be offered both virtually and in-person. This will afford us the flexibility to offer a greater number of part-time courses than a typical semester, while continuing to connect with students of all levels around the world!

Kids & Teens Classes are now being offered in person! All students and faculty must wear face coverings at all times while inside Atlantic spaces and students will observe social distancing where appropriate.

How does training translate to zoom?

We have been pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness of Zoom as a teaching tool, and we are as committed as ever to bringing you the same level of rigor and community for which we are known.

I have more questions!

We totally get it. Feel free to reach out to admissions@atlantictheater.org with any other questions you might have, or to chat further. We’re here to help you make the best decision possible.

Your Application

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What do I need to apply?

To apply, please submit an application and a $40 non-refundable Application fee in addition to your application materials, listed below. Once we receive your full application, we will send you detailed information about the audition/interview requirements.

General Application Materials:

  • Headshot/Acting Resume
  • Letter of Intent/Artist Statement: In honoring the Atlantic motto “create your own work,” write a 500 word essay/artist statement about the work that you desire to create as a theater artist and how the Practical Aesthetics philosophy fits into your vision.
  • Diversity Statement: Please write 250 words answering this question: what does Equity, Diversity and Inclusion mean to you?
  • Letter of Recommendation: Please submit one Letter of Recommendation. Letters should be from teachers, colleagues, employers, or professionals who can attest to your work ethic, talent, and dedication to your craft.
  • Virtual Audition & Interview: Auditions are currently being held either via Skype or Zoom by appointment only and only after the application has been completed in its entirety. You will be contacted by Admissions to schedule your audition date and time.
    • For the audition, please prepare two contemporary monologues, each approximately two minutes in length, from a stage play and/or screenplay that you have read in its entirety. During the audition, you may or may not be given notes and asked to make changes to your audition based upon that feedback. Receiving or not receiving notes is not an indication of success. Please be prepared to discuss your selection of material as well as the choices made in your audition.
    • The interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and to hear more about where you are in your journey. It is also your opportunity to learn more about Atlantic. Please be prepared to discuss why Atlantic Acting School will help you to achieve your artistic and career goals.
  • If applying for a scholarship, there will be supplemental materials needed.

When should I apply?

Atlantic has rolling admissions, meaning that we audition and interview prospective students all year long. Classes are filled regularly, please check individual programs for application deadlines.

When are your audition/interviews?

Audition/interview times are available by appointment on Thursday and Friday of every week. Once you have submitted your application, please contact admissions@atlantictheater.org to schedule your audition.

Can I send my letters of recommendation after I send in my application?

Yes, you may. You may even bring them to your audition/interview. You will however not hear about acceptance until your Application is complete. If you are applying online, please upload documents in place of the Letters letting us know that they will be submitted at a later date.

Do I have to audition?

Yes, for the Full-Time Conservatory, Evening Conservatory, Global Virtual Conservatory, Summer Intensive, and Spring Comprehensive an audition/interview is required. An interview and/or audition may be required for some Part-time courses, please check individual listings.

How soon after my audition will I hear about acceptance?

Within two weeks. When necessary, the process is expedited.

May I defer acceptance to the school?

Deferrals are granted at the discretion of the Office of Admissions.

Do I need to file a new application?

Extension of applications are at the discretion of the Office of the Admissions.

Does an acceptance letter mean that a spot is held for me in the incoming class?

No. Until we receive the non-refundable deposit for the program you are attending, we do not hold your place in the class. Once we receive the deposit, your place is held in that class.

Student Life & Classes

I have experience as an actor. Do I have to start with Technique & Scene Study I?

While most of our applicants have a wide variety of training and experience, all students are new to Practical Aesthetics. For this reason, we require everyone to start with Technique & Scene Study I.

What is the class schedule like for the Full-Time Conservatory?

Classes meet Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9am – 5pm.  Production rehearsals are also held on evenings and weekends. Students receive an official schedule for the semester at orientation.

Can I work while attending the Full-Time Conservatory?

Yes. Time outside of the classroom is yours to balance work, rehearsal, and assignments.

Do you offer an industry showcase?

Yes! As part of our life-long commitment to graduates of our programs, we offer an annual alumni showcase for which all alumni, regardless of class year, may audition for. Additionally, we embed many opportunities within the curriculum for students to be seen by and work with industry professionals. Classes with industry professionals are built into the professional conservatories and NYU coursework.

Do you have a description of your Conservatory classes?

Yes. Please read our course descriptions.

Do you offer Sample workshops?

We do! We offer free sample workshops in our Practical Aesthetics acting technique to high schools, colleges, and universities. Just email us here to inquire!

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Financial Information & Scholarships

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Do you offer extended payment plans?

Yes. This can be arranged with the administration after we’ve received your non-refundable tuition deposit.

Do you offer work study or scholarship opportunities? Do you offer financial aid?

Fully enrolled students have the opportunity to apply for a work study award. Some applicants will receive an award, based on financial need and work study eligibility. Work study awards are $500 per year applied directly to tuition costs and require approximately 50 hours of work in exchange.

Atlantic Acting School awards full-tuition scholarships for select incoming students for the Full-Time, Evening, and Global Virtual conservatories through the Practical Aesthetics early action scholarship. We also offer a limited number of partial scholarships during this early action application period, as well as through the New Voices and Global Perspectives scholarship initiatives. When applying to the professional conservatories, students will be assessed for scholarship eligibility based upon their merit, prior training and experience, overall promise and financial need.

Atlantic Acting School awards an annual full-tuition scholarship to an incoming student for the Summer Intensive through the Resident Artist Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to allow an experienced artist to further their training.

At this time, Atlantic Acting School does not participate in any student financial aid program through the Department of Education. Therefore, students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid through FAFSA for any Atlantic Acting School program. Atlantic Acting School also is not a participating organization in the Plan 529 College Savings plan through the IRS.

Is the tuition due all at once?

All programs require a non-refundable deposit to secure your place in class. For classes with tuition fees under $1000, all tuition is due before classes begin. For all other conservatory programs students are offered various payment plan options upon acceptance.

Do you offer veteran’s benefits?

We are proud to offer training to our veterans under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® for our Full-Time Conservatory. Please reach out to us here with any questions regarding using GI Bill® benefits.

Will the GI Bill® cover the cost of tuition?

For veterans who are entitled to 100% benefits and are eligible for 19 months of entitlement, the VA will cover all tuition and fees, in addition to a housing allowance. Students with less than 100% benefits or fewer months of entitlement may be eligible to have their tuition partially covered. To determine your VA educational benefit eligibility, students and families should visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. Students using GI Bill® benefits are also eligible for need and merit-based scholarships.

Upon admission to the program, please notify the school administration that you intend to use GI Bill® benefits and provide your Certificate of Eligibility. Please contact us here with any questions.

International Students & Other

Do you accept international students?

Yes. Please email admissions@atlantictheater.org.

Do you offer a student Visa?

We offer an M-1 Visa to international students in our Full-Time Conservatory only.

Are you accredited?

Yes. Atlantic is a fully accredited institution through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

What’s the Vermont program?

The Vermont program is a 3-week Atlantic Technique intensive with founding Ensemble member Scott Zigler. In the first week, students focus on Classic Drama. In the second week, students work on comedic scenes with a special emphasis on the demands of period and stylized comedy. In the third week, students confront the challenges of texts with elevated language and/or worlds which are abstractions of reality. Movement and Voice instructors attend as well and give one on one coaching during scene class. Participation requires the successful completion of one year of training. Audition required.

Where are your offices located in New York?

76 Ninth Avenue, Suite 313, New York, NY 10011. The entrance is on the corner of 9th Avenue & 15th Street. We’re located on the 3rd floor. Entrance to the building requires a valid photo ID.

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Equal Opportunity Statement

Student rights are civil and constitutional which regulate student freedoms and allow them to make use of their educational investment in Atlantic. Atlantic will not intentionally treat students differently based on race, color or national origin in providing educational resources. In addition, Atlantic will not implement policies or practices for providing educational resources that disproportionately affect students of a particular race, color or national origin, absent a substantial justification. Atlantic does not use erroneous, deceptive, or misleading practices.