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"Onstage Blog" featured Pace University in "The Top 30 College Acting/Performing Arts Programs for 2019-2020"

10/08/2019

"Onstage Blog" featured Pace University in "The Top 30 College Acting/Performing Arts Programs for 2019-2020"

Pace University - New York, NY

Why we love it: Coursework includes “The Industry for the BFA Actor”. This course prepares students for the business side of the entertainment industry and what it takes to be a working actor in New York. Students learn how to prepare for auditions as well as general meetings with agents and casting directors and how to effectively market themselves.

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"Onstage Blog" featured Pace University in "The Top 30 College Theatre Design and Tech Programs for 2019-2020"

09/24/2019

"Onstage Blog" featured Pace University in "The Top 30 College Theatre Design and Tech Programs for 2019-2020"

Why we love it: Courses include “Acting for Production and Design”. This course covers the basic principles of acting for designers and technicians to provide them a practical and hands-on understanding of the actor's process and tool kit. Students learn theatre games, character development, techniques to explore locations and environments, scene study methods and analysis.

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"Onstage Blog" featured the Pace School of Performing Arts in "The Top 30 College Dance Programs for 2019-2020"

09/12/2019

"Onstage Blog" featured the Pace School of Performing Arts in "The Top 30 College Dance Programs for 2019-2020"

At the beginning of each new school year, we here at OnStage Blog like to announce what we feel are the best performing arts for the coming year. For those of you wondering how we select these schools, it starts in the previous spring.

Starting in April, we tasked a committee of just over 20 people to research these programs. They consisted of theatre educators, students, alumni and parents. We wanted people who knew how to evaluate a performing arts program and what questions to ask. This is what we feel separates us from every other college ranking article, these folks know what’s important in theatre education.

This year we based our criteria on a number of factors including: Cost vs. Scholarships, Quality of Facilities, Performance/Production Opportunities and Post-Graduate Support. We also asked questions about the diversity of students as well as the faculty.

Each year, we also like to include a new category that factor into our rankings - on/off-campus safety. We feel this is a factor that is often not made a priority. So in addition to cold-calling the schools, we also took a look at their Clery Reports and asked questions about how proactive these schools are when it comes to safety.

This year we also decided not to ranking the schools 1-30. When looking at the scores, often these schools were separated by one to two points. So rather, this year we’re simply naming who we feel are the best, in no particular order.

We must also preface this by saying that while these are some great schools to start your search with, ultimately the best college theatre program out there is the one you feel most confident and comfortable attending.

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Let’s kick off our rankings with Dance. We feel that college dance programs are at a crossroads right now. With the amount of dance content on TV and streaming networks, job opportunity, casting changes and plus the popularization of more obscure styles of dance, there has never been a better time to get your degree in dance.

Thankfully, a number of colleges in this country offer outstanding and innovative dance programs for prospective students. Here are 30 that we feel are the best. We also wanted to celebrate the students in these programs, so we’re including videos of some of their performances and highlights.

Why we love it: The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Commercial Dance in the Pace School of Performing Arts is the only one of its kind in New York City offering comprehensive dance training that bridges the gap between classical dance technique and the professional world of commercial dance. The Commercial Dance major blends the highest quality of dance and theater training preparing students for diverse careers on stage, television, film, and the entertainment industry.

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"OnStage Blog" featured Pace University in "The Top 25 BFA Musical Theatre Programs for 2018-19"

09/05/2018

"OnStage Blog" featured Pace University in "The Top 25 BFA Musical Theatre Programs for 2018-19"

Each year, OnStage Blog takes a deep look at the many theatre programs across the country. With thousands of prospective students and families researching what makes one program a better fit than another, we feel it's important to provide as many resources as possible. 

As we've mentioned before, OnStage Blog's rankings are based on a rating system that looks at a number of different factors that should be considered when looking into these schools. In case anyone has any questions about our ranking process, we've described it here

With the number of performance opportunities out there right now, the demand for musical theatre talent is higher than ever. We've been seeing the demand for those who can act, sing and dance extend beyond the stage to our TV and movie screens. The schools listed here are not only programs that are training their students the right way but also looking for new ways to educate them as well. Some of them are perennial powerhouses and others are programs on the rise. 

Particular factors that were heavily looked at this year were quality of facilities, performance opportunities and value of diversity. 

So without further ado, here are our picks for the Top 25 BFA Musical Theatre programs for this year.

4. Pace University - New York, NY

No school in the country is doing better things to build their program more than Pace University. This program does an excellent job of preparing students for the rigors of the industry with coursework not only to make them better performers but also to handle the business end as well. Courses include an introduction for senior musical theater students to the business elements of the entertainment industry.

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