The 5 Best Undergrad Drama Schools for an Acting Degree

6:00 AM 5/26/2017

by Seth Abramovitch

New York or Los Angeles (or Tennessee)? Ivy League diploma or Equity Card? The Hollywood Reporter takes the drama out of choosing the best program with this list.

Ted Danson and Taye Diggs
Ted Danson and Taye Diggs
Left, Dia Dipasupil, right, Slaven Vlasic, both Getty Images

This story first appeared in the May 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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    Alumni: Patti LuPone, Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams

    If you can get in, go. What Stanford is to tech, Juilliard is to acting.

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    Carnegie Mellon

    Alumni: Josh Gad, Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Holly Hunter

    The Pittsburgh school's program has a superb musical theater track.

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    Alumni: Alden Ehrenreich, Alec Baldwin, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    A campus at the crossroads of the theater world attracts the best teachers.

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    Alumni: Taye Diggs, Vera Farmiga, Frank Langella, Vanessa Williams

    Undergrads get Equity stage time at this upstate New York college.

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    University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem

    Alumni: Anna Camp, Anthony Mackie, Lucas Hedges

    A great track record for finding its grads agents and managers.