Top 10 Colleges for Musical Theater
While there are many distinct sources that rank schools and universities generally, there is no formal position of musical theater programs. The "Princeton Review" lists more than 50 colleges offering a musical theater major without any specific ranking, as well as a ranking of the greatest school theaters. ActingBiz.com took an informal poll of college professors and acting coaches to compile a listing of the best acting programs for undergraduates. When deciding upon a musical theater program, you must research many distinct sources and consider what's most important to you personally, such as space from your home and tuition expenses.
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The State University of New York in Purchase, the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film is only 40 minutes away from New York City and boasts an Extremely competitive program. This is probably because of its intense course schedule: "Classes generally start at 8 pm and you are going to be busy with rehearsals till 11 at night," according to ActingBiz.com.
Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film Purchase College State University of New York 735 Anderson Hill Road Purchase, NY 10577 914-251-6000 purchase.edu
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ActingBiz.com lists Julliard School among the greatest musical theater applications in the country. According to their site, "over 1,000 candidates apply annually for only 20 freshman spots." Located in the heart of New York City, it is also a prime spot to find out about the history of musical theater and Broadway while pruning your own craft.
The Rutgers Mason Gross School of Arts is noted by ActingBiz.com among the only fine arts programs that delivers conservatory training at Shakespeare's Globe in London, England. It is a yearlong study-abroad chance for juniors in the program.
Yale University was named by "Princeton Review" as the next "Greatest College Theater" at the country, according to a survey of how hot the school's theater productions are with pupils. ActingBiz.com describes Yale's Theater Studies program as one that is focused more on the history of theater.
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, along with being listed among the top 10 college theatres in the nation by "Princeton Review," is also known for preparing its behaving pupils for the stage. According to ActingBiz.com, pupils participate in public performances on campus and also have opportunities to perform at Los Angeles and New York.
The NYU Tisch School of Drama is well-known for coaching famous theater stars, and provides an undergraduate acting app that includes "standard conservatory coaching and theatre analysis," according to ActingBiz.com. The program matches its theatre courses with other liberal arts courses from New York University.
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Based on ActingBiz.com, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the School of Drama has a program that is both classically and creatively concentrated, and has produced well-known alumni including Mary-Louise Parker, Jada Pinkett Smith and Terrence Mann.
University of North Carolina School of the Arts 1533 South Main Street Winston-Salem, NC 27127 336-770-3399 uncsa.edu
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ActingBiz.com lists the Los Angeles established CalArts School of Theater as a excellent place for students interested in films and television and a program that promotes diversity. One of CalArts' performance venues includes the REDCAT, a state-of-the-art theater located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
California Institute of the Arts 24700 McBean Parkway Valencia, CA 91355 661-255-1050 calarts.edu
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Northwestern University's Theatre Department, according to the standing on ActingBiz.com, provides a "versatile play program that is very good for pupils who want flexibility in constructing their own program."
Northwestern University, School of Communication Theatre Department 2240 Campus Drive Evanston, IL 60208 847-491-7023 northwestern.edu
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The University of California, San Diego's Theatre and Dance program is a musical theater program with a simpler acceptance procedure–students just have to get admitted to UC San Diego, and not independently apply to the theater program. In accordance with ActingBiz.com, the program offers a "broad foundation of knowledge in the fine arts, supplemented with practical experience on the stage."