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The Hollywood Reporter: "THR Ranks the 25 Best Drama Schools for an MFA"

05/31/2016 News Release Image

The Hollywood Reporter: "THR Ranks the 25 Best Drama Schools for an MFA"

New York or L.A. (or Wisconsin)? Stanislavski or Meisner (or Disney)? Picking an acting school can be a Hamlet-like melodrama all its own, as THR surveys the experts to rank the best places to get a graduate degree.

There are enough schools offering master's degrees in the performing arts to fill every page of this magazine — about 17,000 students get an MFA degree a year. Of course, a lot of those diplomas aren't worth the parchment they're printed on, much less the average $38,000 annual tuition. Still, a degree from one of a select group of institutions — in the U.S. and abroad — can give graduates a solid foundation for a career, or at least a decent shot at being taken seriously by casting agents. To find those schools and rank them in their proper order, THR talked to deans, teachers and other insiders and triangulated their input with reporting from the magazine's own staff. The results are below.

Written by Seth Abramovitch, Ashley Cullins, Mia Galuppo, Scott Johnson, Borys Kit, Andy Lewis, Kendal McAlpin, Brian Porreca, Bryn Elise Sandberg and Tatiana Siegel

Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University was ranked among Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Best Drama Schools.

Critics say it's an MFA mill — and a cash cow for Pace and The Actors Studio, which recently renewed their partnership for another 10 years. But if these fourth walls could talk! There's no denying the history of a place where Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan taught the Stanislavski method to the likes of Marlon Brando, James Dean, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Plus, students get to sit in the audience during Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio and listen in as James Lipton asks movie stars, "What is your favorite curse word?"


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