Acting Schools and Colleges in New York
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If you’re able to afford it, enrolling in an acting school in New York is probably one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. If I had to do it all over again, I’d definitely go to school in New York City.
First of all, it’s the heart of the theatre world and as a young actor, there isn’t a better place to be. Secondly, you’ll probably never be around a group of people more dedicated to their craft than New York actors. When you’re in the city going to school, you’ll live and breathe acting. How great is that?
Some of the other benefits are:
- You’re living in the greatest city in the world.
- No car!
- You’ll get a great education from some of the best acting teachers working today.
- You’ll be working alongside some very talented actors who’ll you’ll forever be friends with. And working with talented actors always ups your game.
- It’s a lot of hard work. A lot. When I interviewed Carrie Preston, she recalled her time at Julliard like going to war and “acting boot camp.” But, she also went on to say that she was “very, very focused there and if you are, you can get a lot out of that place.”
But, as I said, the price is a huge drawback. Just to live in New York alone is expensive. Now add to that, the cost of tuition and you’re looking at a small fortune. That being said, most, if not all, of the schools offer opportunities for scholarships.
We’ve gathered a list of the best acting schools and colleges in NYC along with a brief mission statement from their website. Check them out below. You can’t go wrong with any of them!
The Top Acting Schools in New York
“The mission of The Juilliard School is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world, so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.”
“Lee Strasberg designed the classes to offer actors the opportunity to pursue their work systematically and to gain firsthand knowledge of his fundamental concepts. Here, through class work, seminars, exercises, scene work, demonstrations, commentary and discussions, both professionals and non-professionals are encouraged to develop their art and themselves.”
“Offering a shared graduate and undergraduate faculty and learning environment in the historic Westbeth Artists complex in Greenwich Village, access to top design, music, liberal arts, and social science divisions across the university, and connections to excellent downtown theater companies, The New School for Drama offers unparalleled opportunities for courageous and engaged theater artists and performers.”
“The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is an institution dedicated to excellence, innovation, and artistic expression. Our practical, relevant, and rigorous arts education aspires to liberate talent through craft, preparing actors to succeed in today’s professional world and richly participate in the human journey.”
“The Studio’s mission is to create an environment with the purpose of nurturing theatre artists who value humanity, their own and others, as their first and most precious priority while providing art and education to the greater community.”
“The Department of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts combines rigorous conservatory training with a challenging and enriching academic education. Using the incomparable theatrical resources of New York City as well as the superb intellectual assets of New York University, the Department has created a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) program that aims to establish the artistic and intellectual foundations for a successful and sustained life in the professional theatre and allied disciplines.”