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How to Pick a Drama School

If you’ve caught the acting bug, you’re going to need solid training. Use these helpful tips to pick a drama school that will get you and your bug on stage.


  • Step 1: Decide where you want to live Decide what part of the country you want to live in. Many theater actors choose to study in New York, but there are excellent schools all over the country.
  • TIP: Consider each location's industry. Los Angeles has many more film and TV opportunities, while New York has more theater.
  • Step 2: Research acting techniques Research acting techniques. Techniques include Stanislavsky's system, Uta Hagen's school, and the Meisner techniques.
  • Step 3: Explore schools that teach your preferred technique Explore the schools that teach your preferred technique. Note the tuition and living costs for the schools you are considering.
  • TIP: Take into consideration food and boarding costs as well as things like transportation costs.
  • Step 4: Review the application process Search for schools on the internet and review the school's application process. Remember that many drama schools' admissions require an audition.
  • Step 5: Prepare your application Prepare your application and audition material. Once you’ve been accepted, you can start training that acting bug.
  • FACT: Did you know? Scholars don’t know exactly how Shakespeare started his theater career, but they do know that by the end of 1592, the "Bard" was an established author in London.

You Will Need

  • A location
  • A technique
  • A budget
  • A computer with internet access
  • Applications
  • Audition material

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