The most popular performing arts colleges in the United States include The Juilliard School, Yale School of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts and Carnegie Mellon University. Each of these schools has long waiting lists of prospective students thanks to their stellar reputations.
The Juilliard School, located in New York City, is known for its demanding instructors who cultivate graduates with enviable theatrical skills and thick skins. Famous actors who have attended the school include Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams, Laura Linney and Kesley Grammar.
The Yale School of Drama, in New Haven, Conn., offers its students access to professional acting on stage and on screen. Between 2002 and 2015 the school's repertory theater premiered more than 20 original dramas, including two that became finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Meryl Streep, Frances McDormand, Paul Newman and Angela Bassett all attended the school.
New York University's Tisch School of the Arts groomed actors Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Piven and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others, before they made names for themselves in Hollywood. The school has access to a large pool of exceptional directors, writers and professional actors because of its location.
Holly Hunter, Zachary Quinto and Rob Marshall are among the notable alumni of Carnegie Mellon's performing arts program. Located in Pittsburgh, the school has produced multiple Academy, Tony and Emmy award winners over the decades.