Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 1 decade ago

What are the 5 BEST schools for writing/directing/acting... mainly drama?

I like to sing, dance, act, write, read and direct, so I was wondering what the 5 best schools are for writing and directing and acting and... well mainly anything to do with live theatre and movies/TV shows...

If you could help me out with this that would be great!! Thanks!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Carnegie Mellon



  • dorry
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    4 years ago

    Best Colleges For Directing

  • 1 decade ago

    Well, you've got a long list there. Not that it's impossible to achieve ALL That you are looking to do, but the reality is that unless you become very successful at just one of them, the rest may not happen. If you find great success as an Actor, for instance, you'll have greater luck exploiting that success into the other pursuits you're interested in.

    That said, ask yourself what kind of career and work you'd like to do? Are you interested in being a "starving indie filmmaker" or would you prefer to work in the big leagues on "Hollywood" large budget features?

    Once you figure those questions out, the next step is to learn exactly what those jobs entail, what it takes to get there, what your typical day will be, and what the realistic chances are of getting that job. You can find those answers by reading the book "What I Really Want to Do: On Set in Hollywood." It is vitally important for you to know what you're getting yourself into BEFORE you choose a filmschool. Why? Because not all schools are created equally. While one school may be perfect for one person, it may not be the best for YOU. So once you know what it is you're aiming for in life, research the available filmschools (over 700 worldwide!) to find the one that is best for YOU. There is a comprehensive list of ALL of them with contact information at

    Then, realize that no matter what school you go to, the diploma or certificate WILL NOT guarantee anything. It won't qualify you for the job you want and will not automatically ensure you an entry-level position. School is there to give you exposure to the filmmaking process in a fairly safe environment. The professional industry runs almost completely on word-of-mouth, meaning, you will get jobs from people you know and people who know you and what you can do. Getting a Masters is not necessary unless you have aspirations to teach. And more importantly, if Screenwriting or Directing is something that interests you, you're better off NOT majoring in Film. Taking film classes will help you to understand the process, but as a Writer, you'll need something to write ABOUT. Too many aspiring Writers and Directors ONLY take film classes so their stories are very film-centric. The better stories are based on real life and classic stories, such as Oh Brother Where Art Thou? which is based on Homer's epic The Odyssey.

    So, while you're still in school, make the time to go out into the real world and volunteer on professional productions of any kind. Look for indie films being made near you and inquire at local production companies for internship opportunities. You'll be learning how real professionals actual work every day AND you'll start your own network of contacts who will be able to offer you work and real income. Building that network and experience will help you get where you want to go.

    If you do those things, you will likely work in the industry and be on your way to doing what you really want to do.

    If you have any specific questions not answered here or in the book, please feel free to contact me at

    Good luck!

    Brian Dzyak


    IATSE Local 600, SOC

  • 1 decade ago

    Well in researching this answer for you, I found quite a diverse set of possibilities...

    It seems that it is important to be close to a large cities where there will be opportunities to audition for rolls... most suggest NY or Cal... others suggested schools such as Northwestern in Chicago.

    I also found an interesting website... which had many pages of information about acting and steps you can take to get into the business. This might be a good resource for some of your questions and uncertainty. Be careful though, because I also read in another article that there is a lot of people wanting to take advantage of peoples dreams, offering advice, professional pics, classes, etc. in exchange for your hard earned money...

    Below are a couple of articles I found about acting schools and the website...


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  • 1 decade ago




    ..three great ones... :)

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