"You have been accepted to Tisch, but not CAP21 and perhaps a much less prestigious MT program elsewhere. What do you do? (Don't think about the money.)"
I guess in that scenario (very prestigious Acting program vs. not very prestigious MT program) I'd take Tisch Acting - but that's just my OPINION.
For the initial anecdote - If it's a top BFA MT program, you will get the training in Acting that you would in a top BFA Acting program - plus more! So in fact, it makes you more versatile. If it's a really great Acting BFA vs. a really great MT BFA, take the MT, because not only will you be able to do musical theatre, but you will also be able to do film and straight drama as well. An MT BFA is really a double major of sorts between voice and acting (with some dance thrown in as well, obviously - triple major? lol).
And, I've heard that most of the CMU Acting majors take voice lessons (for an extra fee) as well, to get an extra edge on their marketability. No one will think less of you because you got a BFA in Acting over a BFA in MT (or vice-versa) at CMU, or Tisch, or CCM, or Michigan - no matter which BFA it is, it will indicate good training. But, if you're willing to "go the extra mile" the BFA MT will make you a more marketable and versatile performer.
Last edited by hayhayden; 07-12-2005 at 10:08 PM.