What are you looking for?

Discipline and willingness to learn and grow.

We are highly selective in our search for motivated individuals who are dedicated to the development of their craft. We look for courage, playfulness, discipline, willingness to grow, generosity, curiosity and the ability to make choices that are personal, passionate, precise, political and provocative.

The Tom Todoroff Studio is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, creed, handicap, color, ethnic origin, or national origin (as defined in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) in selecting qualified applicants or administering its educational programs or admissions policies.

I would like to visit a class - how do I do this?

We strongly encourage actors who are considering the Conservatory to come visit a class and experience this training first hand!  We want you to know that this approach to actor training training inspires you, challenges you and resonates with you personally.  The best way to make this decision is by attending a class.

The NYC Studio has a class that's open to Conservatory applicants to come visit on most Wednesday evenings 6:30pm-10pm.  Please make arrangements for your class visit by emailing nycstudio@tomtodoroff.comYour visit must be arranged ahead of time, we cannot accept walk ins.

Applicants may also consider visiting an upcoming intensive in the U.S., Canada or abroad.  Check out our Schedule of upcoming intensive dates and sign up as a Newcomer Observer or as a Performer - up to you!  

Do you have an age limit for applicants?

We are open to applicants 18 years and above. What makes an artist ready for training cannot be predicted by age or experience.

Do I need a high school diploma to apply?

All applicants must have a high school diploma or its nationally recognized equivalent.

Upon completion of the Conservatory, what will I receive?

Conservatory graduates receive a Diploma in Acting.

Can my Diploma be counted as credit toward my college degree?

This depends on the college or university. We have had students successfully petition to receive credit toward their degrees, but it will be up to your school to make this decision.

We also offer a degree track through our partner institution, Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.) in Fairfield, Iowa.  Students who complete the Conservatory receive 52 credits towards a Bachelor of Arts in Media & Communications at M.U.M.  Contact conservatory@tomtodoroff.com for details.

Where do I find housing in New York City?

We have staff ready to offer personalized guidance to each member of the incoming ensemble.  Dorm-style housing is also available through Educational Housing Services.

We also recommend checking out our Housing page (click here) and reaching out with any questions you may have!  

How do I audition remotely via Skype?

Open an account on Skype. Make sure your computer has a built in camera.  If you've never used Skype before, please make sure you test the connection with a friend before your audition appointment.  We need to both see you and hear you, so make sure the camera and the microphone are functioning properly. If you need any further assistance before your audition, contact conservatory@tomtodoroff.com.

Are there language requirements for international students?  Is TOEFL required?

International Conservatory applicants are not required to complete the TOEFL, but fluency in English will be assessed during the audition.  Please note that fluency in English extends to reading and writing as well as speaking.  

What is the size and scope of the Conservatory?

The Tom Todoroff Studio is a small, private, proprietary institution, training between 180-200 actors per year across all programs.  In the Conservatory program, between 30 and 40 actors are accepted into each incoming ensemble with two ensembles training at any given time.  As of 2018, the student / teacher ratio is 6 to 1 for the Conservatory.

I have never studied acting before. Am I still eligible to join the Conservatory?

Previous acting experience is not a requirement to audition for the Conservatory program, as it does not necessarily indicate an individual’s potential for artistic development, if accepted. See “What are you looking for?” at the top of this page.

How and when do I pay the tuition?

Students in the Conservatory program pay their tuition in installments. See the schedule on our Tuition page.  Again, if you have questions about finances - please reach out and ask us!

Will I have time to work part-time while training in the Conservatory?

Yes.  The schedule is such that you may work part time from 4pm onwards four days per week and / or on the weekends.  That said - your primary focus must always be on the training, and your outside work schedule may not take precedence over rehearsals or classwork.   

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid? Does the Conservatory qualify for student loans or government loan programs?

We keep Conservatory tuition fees as low as possible considering the quality of our faculty and training.  As such, we cannot offer additional remission. We do not participate in U.S. government loans at this time.

That said, we’ve often found the tuition fees at institutions offering Federal Financial Aid to be higher than our own, even after the aid is applied.

We do offer a very limited number of payment plans to qualified individuals. Those interested in being considered for a payment plan must schedule a phone interview in advance of their audition by emailing conservatory@tomtodoroff.com.

Payment plans will be assessed on a case by case basis. The strength of the individual’s application and audition will affect this decision.

When will admission decisions for the Conservatory be announced?

The Conservatory has rolling admissions which wrap up in the spring of each year, for the ensemble scheduled to begin training in the fall that same year.  Applicants are typically notified of their admission status within two to four weeks of their audition.

Due to the rolling admissions deadline, those who wish to be considered are urged to apply as soon as possible in order to ensure they are considered in time.

If I'm accepted, does this mean my space is reserved in the ensemble?

An acceptance letter does NOT mean your space is saved.  Due to the limited number of spaces, your reservation is official only once the initial $1000. tuition deposit is made.

May I defer my acceptance?

We typically cannot grant deferrals, but if you'd like to make the request, contact conservatory@tomtodoroff.com.

What are the different programs offered by the Tom Todoroff Studio?

The Tom Todoroff Studio hosts a myriad of training programs for actors around the globe.

See “Programs” for further details on these offerings.