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Strong Theater & Academics

isabella2002isabella2002 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member

I'm an IB Diploma Candidate at a top public high school with strong EC's, a 34 ACT, and a 4.7 weighted GPA. Although my main priority right now is finding academically rigorous universities with strong liberal arts (not exactly sure what I'll major in, but somewhere in the humanities area), I've been heavily involved in theater for a very long time and would love to pursue that as a double-major or minor. Do you know of any schools that have strong drama departments? Yale is one for sure and that's my dream school, but I'd like to look at some others considering it's a such a gamble for anyone to get in there.

Replies to: Strong Theater & Academics

  • simba9simba9 Registered User Posts: 3,261 Senior Member
    edited June 2018
    Carnegie-Mellon came to mind, but I don't know how good they are at liberal arts. USC. Both are tough to get into.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 5,801 Senior Member
    For another reach, JHU
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 29,442 Senior Member
    Performance? Production? Design? Stage Management? Directing? Writng?

    Which aspect of theatre interests you? The advice can be very different depending on yout interests. Also, a fair number of places don't have much in the way of theatre departments, but do have extensive student-run theatre extracurriculars.

    Does Yale have undergraduate theatre? I thought their programs were only at the MFA level.
  • KatMTKatMT College Rep Posts: 4,171 Senior Member
    You may want to ask this question in the Theatre and Drama majors forum... here are a few off the top of my head to look at with various levels of academic selectivity...

    Connecticut College

    Carnegie Mellon's Drama School is a top conservatory where the students take very little outside of the major, so may not be a great fit for OP.

    Yale has active opportunities to participate in theatre, and has an undergraduate major. But it is important to note that the undergraduate program is not the same as the Yale Drama School graduate programs.

  • CaMom13CaMom13 Registered User Posts: 1,698 Senior Member
    ^ great list, I might add Barnard and maybe LMU for a safety. I would personally say stay away from strong academic schools like CMU and U-Mich that offer a BFA - you will you'll have an easier time fitting in a double BA and have more of a cohort of fellow actor-scholars where the Theater dept's focus isn't on pre-professional training for the BFAs.
  • ninakatarinaninakatarina Registered User Posts: 1,635 Senior Member
    I would not choose JHU for theatre.
  • isabella2002isabella2002 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I'd like to be on the performance side of things. Great student-run extracurricular options are fine as well!
  • rosered55rosered55 Registered User Posts: 4,288 Senior Member
    UVM, if you can afford the tuition. A family member attends there and has been very involved in theater while majoring in environmental studies (or science, I can't remember which).
  • aquaptaquapt Registered User Posts: 1,975 Senior Member
    edited June 2018
    In addition to the East Coast LAC's (Vassar/Skidmore/Wesleyan/etc) that have been mentioned, Lawrence University in Wisconsin might be worth a look. It's more known for its music conservatory than for theater, but it has great performing arts facilities because of the conservatory, and its theater program might fall in that sweet spot of being strong enough to be attractive, but not so elite as to be inaccessible to non-majors. Lawrence generally makes it very easy for students on the LAC side (which is great academically) to participate in performing arts as non-majors or to double-major or minor. https://www.lawrence.edu/academics/study/theatre_arts They give nice merit aid too.

    University of Richmond could be another to consider. https://theatredance.richmond.edu/major-minor/theatre.html

    and maybe Vanderbilt? https://as.vanderbilt.edu/theatre/curriculum/minor.php
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 9,994 Senior Member
    Colleges along the Hudson tend to be excellent for theatre: Vassar, Skidmore, Sarah Lawrence, Barnard, Bard. Some NESCACs warrant strong consideration: Connecticut College, Middlebury; Hamilton's theatre facilities should be seen. Kenyon could be great. Several schools from the aforementioned offer academics across the humanities comparable to those of Yale.
  • momrathmomrath Registered User Posts: 5,976 Senior Member
    Williams has a small but vibrant theater program with enthusiastic support and beautiful facilities. The Williamstown Theater Festival is an outstanding summer event, and though it's not administered by the college, the energy and influence rubs off. During the school year there are plentiful performance opportunities, available to majors and non-majors and non-majors alike. Look at the Studio'62 Program: https://theatre.williams.edu/studio62/

    The academic strength of the English department is superb. Double majoring is common and interdisciplinary synergy is encouraged. In another thread you mentioned an interest in creative writing. Award winning fiction writers on Williams' faculty are Jim Shepard, Andrea Barrett and Karen Barrett, along with other visiting lecturers.
  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 4,954 Senior Member
    @merc81 I wouldn’t say West Point is known for great theatre. :)
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 9,994 Senior Member
    With Skidmore as the exception, I'd meant the east side of the Hudson. The west side tends to be much weaker for theatre, @privatebanker.
  • apple23apple23 Registered User Posts: 485 Member
    Hamilton's theatre facilities should be seen.
    And, in the interim, read about: https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/kennedy-center-center-for-theatre-and-the-studio-arts-nears-completion
  • peyre1peyre1 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    A good safety school for you could be Elon University (located in NC). The theater program there is awesome and all of the students love it!
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