I’m new to the Theater / Drama majors forum, but have been on CC, just elsewhere.
I’m trying to learn what primary acting method is taught at each top acting program (looking at top programs, both BFA and BA), and I’m not finding this easy to learn from each university / college / school website. Does this information already exist as a list, and if yes, can someone please point me to it? I did a CC search but to no avail, but I have to believe this has come up before, at least for a couple people. As you will be able to tell, I’m a parent with little exposure to acting.
I know that a few schools, like NYU, offer a multitude of training studios, each with a different acting method emphasized; students specialize in one studio for the first couple of years and then may dabble in one or two other studios for the next couple of years.
Also, some schools claim to offer a “toolbox” approach to training, where the faculty have extensive breadth and depth, and their students are exposed to the elements and techniques of each method over the four years of study, and along the way the students pick and choose aspects that most resonate. I’ve heard that the ability of a program to deliver on comprehensive “toolbox” exposure can vary considerably, and so not all “toolboxes” are created equal – some may be fully equipped while others may be missing key elements … like a hammer, screwdriver and power drill.
I’ve heard of Stanislavski and its offshoots Meisner, Strasberg and Adler; Practical Aesthetics; Brecht; Chekov; Chubbuck; Hagen; and Spolin – I’m sure I’m missing other important acting methods (and hopefully not brewing a debate on what constitutes a method).
So my questions are:
- What is the primary acting method taught at each top acting / drama / theater BA and BFA program?
- If a program claims to offer a toolbox instead of a primary focus on a method, how is its offering viewed (elite / excellent; above average but not elite / excellent; average but solid across the board; uneven - at least a method or two insufficient; or really wanting)?
- How does an acting student best assess which acting method (and hence acting program) may be a better fit for herself / himself?
(My D is primarily interested in MT but in cases where the school does not offer a MT degree, she would like to consider its acting / drama / theater degree program.)