How to pick a good theatre school?

<p>I'm looking at different schools that I want to attend for acting. I would preferably go to a school inside of Canada due to tuition fees but I'm open to suggestions. I find it so hard to figure out which schools are good and reputable and which aren't.</p>

<p>Generally the conservatories are the more concentrated, generally considered “better” schools. North Carolina School of the Arts, Julliard, Carnegie Mellon, Suny Purchase, etc.</p>

<p>I always suggest that folks research actors that they admire, the sort of folks who are doing the kind of work you want to do. See where they got their training (if they got any training at all!). That’s one way to start.</p>

<p>KEVP</p>

<p>I agree with the above post-look at the bios of actors you admire. Ask at a theater, or a HS counselor. Talk it up!</p>

<p>Tell us about yourself, your current experience level, your goals and what you want from your training/education and we might be able to help you with American schools. As far as Canada goes, I know that The National Theatre School has a good reputation, Rachel McAdams got her BFA from York University for whatever that’s worth, and Ginger Howard Friedman is supposed to be an excellent coach but that’s about it. It seems like Alwaysamom knows something about Canadian training if she’s around. </p>

<p>Here’s a link to a thread that includes a link to a list of the Top 25 Drama Schools compiled by The Hollywood Reporter from a poll that was supposedly taken of theater insiders and top casting directors … <a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/theater-drama-majors/1335789-top-25-drama-schools.html[/url]”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/theater-drama-majors/1335789-top-25-drama-schools.html</a></p>

<p>And here’s another link to a very old rant from a coach who used to post here who specializes in college audition prep for musical theatre programs although a good bit of what she said translates well into looking at schools for straight drama. What set her off was a reference to the ARCO College Guide to Performing Arts Majors which has apparently never been updated and was already kind of a joke as to both Acting and MT programs all the way back in '05 … <a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/1028651-post13.html[/url]”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/1028651-post13.html</a></p>

<p>Another thing to keep in mind when looking at alumni is that it’s best to look at RECENT alumni. Like from the last 5-10 years. A lot of schools trumpet prominent alums who attended 20 or more years ago when their faculties and entire training philosophies may have changed in the interim. </p>

<p>Also beware of drawing the conclusion from online bios that certain name actors never trained because most have although it may not have been in an academic environment. There can be a lot of reasons for it, but the most prevalent is that the general public doesn’t really care.</p>