Top 20 US Acting Schools 2021

After an extensive review, we are proud to present our official “Top 20 US Acting Schools” list for 2021. In an effort to bring you onto campus, we’ve partnered with some of this year’s top schools to bring you exclusive classes you can audit right here each month. We invite you to learn from best and test your talent!

Highlighted Schools

  • NYU - Tisch

    New York, NY

    The New York University Tisch School of the Arts educates the next generation of storytellers in New York City and around the globe.

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  • Yale

    New Haven, CT

    The David Geffen School of Drama at Yale offers a conservatory setting for theater professionals and students.

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  • Juilliard

    New York, NY

    Juilliard's 4-year BFA Acting Program provides intensive training in movement, voice, the Alexander Technique, and other core aspects of the craft.

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  • USC School of Dramatic Arts

    Los Angeles, CA

    Located in Los Angeles, a city synonymous with artistic innovation and excellence, the top-ranked USC School of Dramatic Arts is a leader in dramatic arts education.

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  • Florida State University

    Tallahasee, FL

    As one of the top-tier theatre training programs in the US, the School of Theatre challenges its students to grow as artists and individuals as they explore the world of theatre.

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  • CalArts

    Valencia, CA

    California Institute of the Arts is renowned internationally as a game-changer in the education of professional artists.

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  • Savannah College or Art & Design (SCAD)

    Atlanta, GA

    Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers.

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  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts

    Winston-Salem, NC

    UNCSA is building the future of the arts by educating the next generation of creative innovators. With extraordinary accomplishments propelling us, we are poised to reach new heights.

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  • UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television

    Los Angeles, CA

    The comprehensive arts curriculum at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television gives motivated students the means to challenge the constructs around them as multifaceted artists and scholars.

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  • Carnegie Mellon

    Pittsburg, PA

    Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama produces innovators, practitioners and industry leaders in the arts and entertainment professions.

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  • Brown University

    Providence, RI

    The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS) at Brown, is for students interested in the aesthetic, historical, literary, practical, and theoretical explorations of performance in global perspective - theatre, dance, speech, performance art, and performative "roles" in everyday life.

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  • UC San Diego

    San Diego, CA

    UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance trains the next generation of artists and scholars who will reimagine the way we interpret our world through the performing arts.

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  • University of Tennessee

    Knoxville, TN

    The Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee creates rigorous educational programs, fully integrated with the operations of a professional theatre serving its region.

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  • American Conservatory Theatre

    San Francisco, CA

    American Conservatory Theater is an essential gathering place that brings artists and communities together to inspire and provoke.

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  • Case Western Reserve

    Cleveland, OH

    The Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University offers education and participation in all aspects of drama, with course offerings in acting, stagecraft, costume design, scene design, directing, dramatic writing, history, literature, and criticism.

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  • Purchase College

    Purchase, NY

    SUNY's Purchase College combines rigorous coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with world-class conservatory programs in the visual and performing arts.

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  • The Old Globe & USD

    San Diego, CA

    A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Acting program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre.

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  • University of Missouri

    Kansas City, MO

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  • Northwestern

    Evanston, IL

    Northwestern’s School of Communication is one of the few places where students can find a comprehensive program in performing and media arts, including dramatic writing, acting on stage and on screen and dance.

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  • Georgetown University

    Washington, DC

    The Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts fosters artistic excellence, interdisciplinary learning, socially engaged performance, and the spirit of collaboration.

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