Here is my situation that I would love some assistance in: I just found out that I have been admitted to the BFA Theatre program at NYU Tisch, but I have also been accepted to a top 25 academic school on the east coast. This school has a mediocre BA Theatre program (not being mean, but it is just okay).
I have many questions about getting an undergrad Theatre degree at NYU. First off, how many freshman are admitted to the program in total? More importantly, how many per studio? How does a NYU BFA degree look to casting directors? Is it in the same league as wholly conservatory programs like CMU?
Is there a senior showcase for every studio? It is awfully expensive to attend, so is it worth the money? Do you leave with enough connections to feel comfortable starting out in the industry?
I understand that this program has many notable alumni (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, upcoming star Miles Teller, Idina Menzel, etc.), but when I look in the Playbills of many straight plays on Broadway, I continually see MANY more alum of the MFA program. Does the undergrad program feel second-rate to the MFA program?
Do we live in a day and age where getting a graduate degree is one of the only ways to thrive in the business? (I realize that this sounds completely ridiculous and dramatic, but I just have noticed that many continuously working actors in NY have MFA degrees so I’m merely curious).
I’m wondering if I should go to NYU next year, or go to the top 25 school and double major (Theatre and something else) and audition for grad schools in 4 years in the hopes of getting into a reputable one. Is that in any way more practical/reasonable?
I don’t know what to do and I would genuinely appreciate any honest responses from former students, those who are knowledgeable of the industry, etc. Thank you in advance for all of your advice and insight. :)