10 Best Acting Schools In The U.S.A

Getting into one of the 10 best acting schools in the USA can do loads for your future acting career, essentially launching it into orbit.

  1. The Juilliard School. The Juilliard School is tougher to get in to than Harvard and has graduated some of the leading lights of the stage and screen. Without a doubt, Juilliard is the best acting school in the USA. The Juilliard School, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-6588.
  2. Yale School of Drama. Of all the Ivy League schools, Yale’s School of Drama is undoubtedly the best acting school. Yale School of Drama, 149 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511.
  3. New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Tisch is the second best acting school in New York City, and is especially good for those destined for careers on Broadway. NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003.
  4. American Conservatory Theatre. As far as West Coast institutions go, this is the best acting school of them all for theater actors. American Conservatory Theatre, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
  5. American Repertory Theatre. Associated with Harvard University, the American Repertory Theatre gives future actors a crack at working with some of the American theater’s leading playwrights and directors. For this reason, it gets our vote for one of the best acting schools in the USA. American Repertory Theater, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
  6. University of San Diego. Denzel Washington is just one of the famous names that the University of San Diego’s Old Globe Theater counts as a graduate. The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre, Post Office Box 122171, San Diego, CA 92112-217.
  7. Columbia University. Unsurprisingly for a school of its caliber, only few actors are good enough to get accepted into this NYC Ivy League acting school. School of the Arts, Columbia University, 305 Dodge Hall, Mail Code 1808, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. 
  8. Trinity Repertory Company. Attached to Brown University, Trinity Repertory Company is regarded as one of the best acting schools in the USA. Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903.
  9. Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This intensive three-year program is frequently cited as one of the best acting schools in the USA. Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204.
  10. Rutgers. Ever wonder where Tony Soprano went to acting school? Here at Rutgers! Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1959.
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