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Looking for one more "fit" school

dramamom0804dramamom0804 Registered User Posts: 801 Member
edited September 2013 in Theater/Drama Majors
Now that we are at the point of actually applying to schools, and knowing that after a couple more months, it will be too late to add another school, I think we want to find one more school to apply to that is more of a "fit" school. By fit I mean less selective than the top tier "reach" schools.
My D is applying to 14 schools. Two of these are slightly less selective than the top schools, but they are still audition schools and we have to be conscious of that. We have a non auditioned safety, but it is a BA and my D doesn't really "love" it... I know the advice is "love thy safety." She just really wants a BFA.
I'd like to add one more BFA, that is on the eastern half of the country and is either not incredibly expensive or offers good merit aid for strong students. The school should mainly have a smaller applicant pool so that admission rates are higher.
Next, my D has taken a good number of acting movement classes and loves training in this way. She wants to be sure her schools have enough classes in movement and good teachers for movement. She likes Chekhov, Williamson and Viewpoints techniques.
We are considering adding one of these four schools to our application list: Texas State, Coastal Carolina, George Mason or Elon.
Can any of you speak to their movement programs? And verify that they are actually less selective? Or is there another program out there I am missing? Three of these also offer auditions in the fall and that would also be really helpful as our January/February times are looking pretty tight.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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Replies to: Looking for one more "fit" school

  • EmmyBetEmmyBet Registered User Posts: 2,934 Senior Member
    Sounds like your D is very focused. I'm imagining she's not thrilled with the idea of a non-auditioned program, and that sometimes is right for certain students.

    Around this time of year 2 years ago, I realized when people asked my D where she hoped to go to school, she would say "A BFA in theatre on the east coast." That was when I said she should apply to the University of Rhode Island as a safety. It's a very nice program, not hugely selective academically, and has nice scholarships for strong students. An easy train ride to Providence, Boston, and even NYC. She did apply and got in EA - that was a comfort through much of the rest of the process.
  • alenghavamialenghavami Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Check out Syracuse University and their drama department. I wouldn't have been able to go here if they didn't help me enough with financial aid. The drama department here follows a very rigorous and serious curriculum that really tries to bring on the artistry within yourself rather than to throw information at you. And they have a very unique relationship with the Syracuse Stage (a professional theatre) which allows students to be surrounded by a professional atmosphere. I've never heard of any other drama department at a university like this one. And on top of that they have incredie opportunities available such as spending a summer in LA meeting casting agents, or a semester in NYC meeting casting directors, pro actors/directors, and also a semester in London which gives you the chance to perform at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre.
  • dramamom0804dramamom0804 Registered User Posts: 801 Member
    Thanks. She is planning to apply to Syracuse. Their program is excellent, and very selective.
    Maybe I should list where she plans to apply: U Arts, Muhlenberg, Carnegie Mellon, Rutgers, Fordham, NYU, Juilliard, SUNY Purchase, Boston U, Syracuse, Ithaca, DePaul, Northern Illinois and NCSA.
    Emmybet, I looked over URI, and the faculty for movement looked a bit light. But thanks for thinking it over
  • GCmomGCmom Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    I'm a tech mom, so admittedly know less about acting programs. But how about Coastal Carolina University? We are looking at many of the same schools as you, but for tech, and Coastal Carolina is on the list. (As is URI, which may not have the strongest program, but my son really loved the feel of)
  • Times3Times3 Registered User Posts: 1,373 Senior Member
    I have the impression that Coastal is great for movement; they have that physical theater program that seems relevant. I've heard wonderful things about their theater program in general, too.
  • Gwen FairfaxGwen Fairfax Registered User Posts: 2,435 Senior Member
    Coastal's movement program seems really strong as does their acting program. They do some auditions off campus but don't go to Unifieds, which can mean that they have a smaller pool of applicants. People love it.

    My D is at Hartt, whose Acting BFA was developed and is led by two former NCSA deans-- there are a lot of similarities between the programs. Viewpoints is big at Hartt, and the movement training is diverse and strong. Hartt is also strong on classical training. It has been a wonderful experience so far.
  • austinmtmomaustinmtmom Registered User Posts: 2,358 Senior Member
    Coastal Carolina isn't a Unifieds school, but they are in Chicago during Unifieds. They require a prescreen video for on campus auditions but not for Unifieds, as it is primarily a prescreen for an invitation to audition on campus. They do not audition as many as some other schools, but the classes are small. I believe this year the freshman MT class is 14 and the Acting/PT class is 10, so still a selective program.

    Monica Bell teaches the Suzuki class and the Viewpoints class at CCU. Here is a link to her bio.
    CCU Department of Theatre

    Acting majors may attend the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy for one semester if they choose. Physical Theatre majors spend their senior year there.
    Accademia dell'Arte - European Theatre, Vocal Arts and Dance
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Registered User Posts: 3,673 Senior Member
    ^The physical theatre training at the Accademia dell'Arte in Tuscany is fabulous. Many CCU theatre students train there, as austinmtmom mentioned.

    My son attended BU and spent his semester abroad at the Accademia (often abbreviated as ADA). He absolutely adored it.
  • AlexaMTAlexaMT Registered User Posts: 621 Member
    In addition to the actual "movement" training an actor would receive at CCU, most BFA Acting and BFA Physical Theatre majors take dance classes throughout the four years. BFA Actors are required at least ballet and/or jazz, and Physical Theatre majors are required in their curriculum to take Ballet 1, Jazz 1, and Tap 1- and the higher level dance classes are also encouraged. These classes are taken with their fellow BFA musical theatre majors in their class. I mention this specifically because we also just added two brand new dance faculty and CCU, and actor majors are reaping the benefits of their addition as well! http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/coastal-carolina-university/1512574-ccu-welcomes-two-new-dance-faculty.html
  • CollegeSearchDadCollegeSearchDad Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
    dramamom, take a look at Point Park University, especially if you are going to be in Pittsburgh to visit CMU. I think it fits the criteria in your original post. The aid is generally good, the cost of living in Pittsburgh is favorable. The program is very good, but they accept more students than some of the others.
  • dramamom0804dramamom0804 Registered User Posts: 801 Member
    Thanks for all your input. College search, I would have thought Point Park was a more selective school? Do you know how many they audition?
    We like the extra dance at CCU, and we did read Bell's bio. My D's teacher has warned her to be careful with Suzuki training; it needs to be skillfully meshed with the other movement styles. It is quite a different technique, lower body oriented, and she has seen some unfortunate results in actors when it's not blended well. I guess we should formulate some questions for Professor Bell! CCU keeps coming up in these responses.
  • ActingDadActingDad Registered User Posts: 680 Member
    Your list looks a lot like our list looked last year. My daughter applied to 14 audition BFA programs -- Juilliard, NYU, Rutgers, UNCSA, Purchase, BU, U of Arts, CCM, CMU, Otterbein, Depaul, Hartt, Ithaca and Syracuse.

    Any audition school is selective but I don't think Point Park is as selective as some of the high end selective schools. I think its probably around where U of Arts is in terms of selectivity. I think Hartt is slightly more selective than U of Arts but again this is all very hard to say based on anything but anecdotal evidence. For what it is worth, my daughter ended up getting into UNCSA, NYU, U of Arts and Hartt and was wait listed at Syracuse. Unfortunately, a lot of this is just a crapshoot.

    Other East Coast schools you might consider are Pace and Marymount. We had heard a lot of good things about Marymount from a teaching standpoint but did not apply because of some concerns raised on this board about performance opportunities. A couple of the CC Moms from last year have kids going there and they are very positive about the program.
  • OneToughMommyOneToughMommy Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    Don't personally know much about it, but some people here on CC really like it.
  • dBPMw99UdBPMw99U Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    Pace and Marymount both have great acting departments, but the academics are very poor. Marymount has a much smaller applicant pool as the school itself is a small liberal arts college - although I have heard some people describe it as 'an extension of High school' which doesn't sound too great. I'll be applying to both as safeties (as they are in New York, my favourite city) but I wouldn't see them as a 'fit' school for your D.
  • actingmtactingmt Registered User Posts: 1,900 Senior Member
    Marymount is much less selective artistically than Pace. And, yeah, academics at either one are kind of a joke. The main attraction seems to be NYC.
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