To prepare for a successful career in acting, one has to get enrolled in an acting school. This is the place where an aspirant can learn various nitty-gritties and nuances of the art and brush up his/her acting skills to get acting career rolling further. Although, there are numerous acting schools worldwide, be it in the US, UK, France, Russia, India or Australia, the list gives ‘more’ weight to the acting schools where English is used as a language-of-dialogue, i.e. in American, English, Australian and Indian schools. Here is a list of top 10 best acting schools in the world.
10. National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kensington:
NIDA as it is famously referred to begin from the suburbs of Sydney, Australia with just a small intake of 23 students. This Australian school then went on to scale new heights and presently it’s counted among the very best along with the leading names in America and England. Just like other great drama schools, the institute’s admission criterion is very challenging. The alumnus includes Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett and others.
9. Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London:
One of the leading drama institutes in England, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts was founded way back in 1945 and since then, it’s churning out new talents every year. The school lays a strong stress on professional-stage-training which it believes is imperative in bringing out the real actor in front of the outer world. Brendan Coyle, and Eddie Marsan are some of the famous names associated with the institute in the past.
8. The Actors Studio, New York City:
Actors Studio is one of the most respected names in the list of acting schools. Some even regard it as a ’sacred place’ for budding artists for the resourceful ambiance and creative vibrations that are at galore here. After going through the list of actors who have graduated from the institution, one can earn a fair amount of idea about the quality of coursework imparted here. Few names include Marlon Brando, Julia Roberts, Robert DeNiro, and Dustin Hoffman.
7. DePaul University, Chicago:
The theatrical school in the university is at par to any of the names mentioned in the list. Set up in 1898, the theatrical department of the university is located in the second best theatre city of the US after New York. As it’s already known about Chicago, you can find an actor at a stone’s throw here. The famous names in the alumnus list are Elizabeth Perkins, Judy Greer, and Karl Malden.
6. Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London:
This premier acting school has brushed up the music and acting talents of many great artists of today. Apart from great musicians like Jacqueline du Pre, others from the institute who did wonders in the acting world, both in the US and UK, include Ewan McGregor and Daniel Craig.
5. Carneige Mellon School, Pittsburg:
One of the oldest founded acting institutes in the entire world, Carneige Mellon School is in existence since 1900. The acting institute has trained many well established American actors of present. The actors trained by them have brought fame to the institute by winning 6 Oscars and 96 Emmy Awards. The names of the famous graduates include Zachary Quinto, Holly Hunter, and Ted Danson.
4. National School of Drama, Delhi:
An autonomous organization working under Ministry of Culture, Government of India, National School of Drama is by far the best theatre training institute in India. Set up in 1969 by Sangeet Natak Akademi, the school has presented loads of notable names to the world of acting. Some of the most reputed artists include Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Irrfan Khan and others.
3. Oxford School of Drama, Woodstock:
Youngest in the lot, Oxford School of Drama is situated in Woodstock. It has covered great distances during the last the 26 years of its existence. The school only admits 18 people in the coursework and this in itself proves the level of competition for every vacant seat. The school has produced actors of caliber of Christina Cole, Anna Galvin and others.
2. Yale School of Drama, New Haven:
The school has been in to the field of imparting acting training to the aspirants since 1900’s. The place is known for its hard core screening process in selecting the candidates which are wishing to get enrolled in the 4 year training course. The institute is often credited with a very high rejection rate. Even many actors of great caliber couldn’t get through the screening process here. The alumnus includes Paul Newman, John Turturro, Dick Cavett and others.
1. Juilliard School, New York City:
Established in 1905 as Institute of Musical Art, the school is one of the oldest in the world over in imparting theatrical education to students. The alumnus includes many notable names including Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams, William Hurt and others. The institute has an active intake of about 800 students yearly. It really takes a gem of a genius to get into this prestigious acting school which is long known to produce both method actors and commercial artists.