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Who: Morgan Auld
Age: 21
Hometown: Croton-on-Hudson
Notable roles at Purchase: Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing,” Carl in "A Devil Inside,” and Troll King in “Peer Gynt”
Why does Purchase College yield so many famous actors? “I think there are a lot of elements that come into play when an acting conservatory is successful at graduating consistently working actors. If I had to boil it down to one point though, I would say that it is Purchase’s dedication to allowing each actor to be intensely true to themselves that sets us apart. At Purchase, you can’t get away with not being up to par on your technique. More importantly though, you can’t get away with not being honest.”

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Purchase College's rising stars: A look at 8 acting grads

From Stanley Tucci to Parker Posey, Purchase College has an uncanny ability to turn out top-notch acting talent. But what’s the big secret? Presented in alphabetical order, eight graduating members of the school’s Conservatory of Theater Arts gave us their answers. And it's worth paying attention to them, as one or more of these rising stars might someday be coming to a theater near you. Compiled by Chris Serico