Schools for Performing Arts in the US

  • The Juilliard School- Always listed near the top of both drama and dance rankings, Juilliard boasts an unbelievably long list of notable alumni who have won more than 105 Grammy Awards, 62 Tony Awards, 47 Emmy Awards, 26 Bessie Awards, 24 Academy Awards, 16 Pulitzer Prizes, and 12 National Medals for the Arts. The school is primarily exclusive. Outside the classroom, the dance program holds 15 public performance each year, and the drama program puts on many plays and senior showcases in both New York and Los Angeles for industry professionals such as casting directors, agents, and managers. If you’re looking for a program that can put you on the fast track to a fantastic career, Julliard is an excellent choice.
  • NYU Tisch School of the arts- The school has a long list of notable alumni, many of whom have performed on Broadway, at Radio City Music Hall, and in movies and on TV. While the list of famous alums is long, some names you may recognise are Lady Gaga, Elizabeth Olsen, James Franco, Spike Lee, and Kristen Bell. Tisch offers many different degrees in different artistic fields, including drama, performance studies, film & television, dramatic writing, and cinema studies. The school is also branching into various performance media, including music production and video game production/design. They also school takes advantage of its NYC environment by partnering drama students with professional acting studios where they can perform in a wide array of productions led by world-famous theatre artists and faculty.
  • Boston Conservatory- One of the top dance programs in the US, the Boston Conservatory boasts a faculty of world-class artists who have worked with notable choreographers such as Antony Tudor, Robert Joffrey, José Limón, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, and Agnes de Mille, and with dance companies such as Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of New York, and Limón Dance Company. There are many performance opportunities throughout the year, the most prestigious being the ability to perform as a member of the Boston Conservatory Dance Theater. Alumni perform with dance companies around the globe as well as on Broadway.
  • Northwestern University- It is one of the few drama schools that don’t require an audition for admission. However, getting accepted is tough because drama students hold high academic standards, and the current acceptance rate is at 8%. It’s not surprising that many of the program’s alumni go on to have illustrious careers. Some of the school’s most notable alums include David Schwimmer, Stephen Colbert, Anna Gunn, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Zach Braff. Undergraduate students at Northwestern have many opportunities to perform in both school-sponsored and student-run shows.

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