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bisouubisouu Registered User Posts: 2,552 Senior Member
edited August 2013 in Theater/Drama Majors
I've read all the posts in here and all the posts in the MT forum and nothing seems to be too recent. Anyone going to Cal Arts? Any thoughts on the school?
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  • actingmtactingmt Registered User Posts: 1,900 Senior Member
    Expensive and edgy.
  • bisouubisouu Registered User Posts: 2,552 Senior Member
    I read the paragraph about it being more a film/tv school. Is the theater training lacking? And unless it's a state school, they all seem pricey to me... :(
  • actingmtactingmt Registered User Posts: 1,900 Senior Member
    It's very well known for animation because of all the Pixar stuff coming out of there but I wouldn't say the theater training is lacking at all, from what I have been able to discern though it is different. In other words, they won't be doing "The Crucible". Edgy, whatever exactly that means. I'm pretty sure it's on the high end of the costs scale, but yeah. None are cheap.
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Registered User Posts: 3,673 Senior Member
    The theatre training is excellent but the school is not to everyone's taste. I would suggest visiting and talking to students there if you are interested.

    Probably you have seen the posts by Milkshakespeare. She is starting there as a freshman this fall and has been very eloquent on CC about her love for the school.

    It is my impression that CalArts emphasizes devised theatre and that there is a lot of collaboration among departments.
  • bisouubisouu Registered User Posts: 2,552 Senior Member
    My D will be visiting in November. The admissions office was a bit scattered and no one could tell us if she could sit in on a class but hopefully we will get more info when we go. Read a few reviews from students and they were pretty negative but she will have to form her own opinion. One poster did say that CAL Arts is no longer affiliated with Disney. Don't know if that's true or not.
  • actor12actor12 Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    Student reviews tend to be disgruntled kids or students who adamantly love their program. I wouldn't worry about that. I have a friend just graduated and she is very much the edgy, artsy type.
  • bisouubisouu Registered User Posts: 2,552 Senior Member
    Perfect thanks...my D isn't edgy at all...so I will be curious to see what she thinks.
  • astute12astute12 Registered User Posts: 556 Member
    CalArts is a great school that was started by Walt Disney as the arts equivalent to CalTech. There are still Disney family members on the board and the school runs a theater at Disney Hall called RedCat. CalArts is a very avant garde school. If you are looking for traditional theater training, you won't find it here. However, if you are looking to do cutting edge theater this is the place. My daughter (who is a high schooler and an actor) was invited to take part in a class taught by James Franco that was a collaboration between the theater department and the Film Directing Department. The directing students (MFAs) took several Tennessee Williams one acts, rewrote them and then combined film/music/theater for an amazing production. CalArts is not for everyone so definitely go and visit and see what your D thinks!
  • actingmtactingmt Registered User Posts: 1,900 Senior Member
    I love Cal Arts, but was disappointed to learn that their is no collaboration between music and theater. It seemed very movement oriented, not sure if that's true. Just my impression. It seems like a very artsy "magical" place.
  • milkshakespearemilkshakespeare Registered User Posts: 263 Junior Member
    actingmt: actually I heard that the Schools of Music and Theater often collaborate and have even produced some operas in the past.
    Bisouu, if you have any questions, I'm heading to CalArts next week. But the information you've been given is right: this school is not for everyone. While they're very experimental, they also have their students work on Shakespeare, etc.
    We have so many interesting acting, movement and voice techniques that it just seemed silly to me to go to a school that would teach me just Stella Adler, or Meisner or Strasberg.

    Anyway, I can't write much now, but PM me if you want.
  • milkshakespearemilkshakespeare Registered User Posts: 263 Junior Member
    Actually, I've been thinking about the comment "It's not for everyone". I don't think there is a school that is "for everyone". I think CalArts is actually "Not for every 18 year old." It is not a school that will treat the students like kids, like they know nothing about theater. I believe that they look for students with a strong artistic vision (and not only in the Theater department). Their essay prompt is, after all, an "artistic statement".

    CalArts's program is very intense (every day, sometimes including Saturdays from 9am to 11pm) and we even had a summer reading list and our first assignment to be brought to the first day of classes.
  • shacherryshacherry Registered User Posts: 489 Member
    Are you in classes till 11pm or is that just working on things with partners and performance practice?
  • dramamom0804dramamom0804 Registered User Posts: 801 Member
    Many conservatory programs are in class or studio from 9 am to 6 pm with a break for lunch and then in rehearsal from 7 to 11 pm.
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Registered User Posts: 3,673 Senior Member
    At my son's conservatory program, the 7 - 11 p.m. rehearsal time for performances was blocked in as class time on their academic schedule. They didn't rehearse on Saturdays, except during tech week though.

    If they happened to be cast in a professional performance during the school year, they had Monday nights off as per Equity rules.
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