What Are Some Leading Performing Arts Colleges?


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According to the Hollywood Reporter, top performing arts colleges include The Actors Studio at Pace University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Yale University School of Drama. Highly regarded schools are also located in New York, Chicago, London and Los Angeles.

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In 2012, the Hollywood Reporter compiled a top 25 list of drama colleges by identifying schools that have produced numerous award-winning actors and compiling testimonials by actors, agents, producers and casting directors. Many colleges in and around Los Angeles made the Hollywood Reporter's list, including the California Institute of the Arts School of Theater, the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts, and the University of California campuses in Los Angeles and San Diego. Northwestern and DePaul Universities were named in Chicago, as were the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in London.

Numerous schools in and around New York City were named as producing celebrated alumni, including the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Syracuse University, The Julliard School and the State University of New York at Purchase. A number of colleges and universities with solid reputations in the liberal arts and sciences also made the Hollywood Reporter's list, including Syracuse University, Rutgers University and Carnegie-Mellon University.

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