How Do I Choose the Best Acting School for Me?
It can be overwhelming when trying to choose which acting school is best for you to attend. This can seem like a daunting task when searching through hundreds of schools. The first thing you need to decide is what is your goal? Are you aspiring to be a full time actor? Are you interested in theatre, musical theatre, or television and film? Is this something you plan to do on the side for fun or are you looking to test the waters to see if acting is something you are really interested in pursuing? Are you looking to major in acting in college or do you have another career you want to major in but want to act on the side?
All of these questions need to be answered to help you narrow down your schools. If acting is something you are considering in pursuing full-time then you will want to choose a school whose main focus is the art. If you are looking to test the waters or for an extra class to take your best bet is taking an acting workshop.
Advice for Those Pursuing Acting Full-Time
For aspiring actors who really want to dive in and pursue the craft full time, your first decision is do you want to focus on theatre or film and television or both? You also need to decide whether you want to pursue comedy, stand-up and improv or the dramatic arts. There are a couple different routes you can go here. If you want to pursue comedy, you should seek a school that focuses on comedy, the art of stand-up and improv. If you want to focus on theatre acting, you can major in theatrical arts at a college, look for dramatic arts school or take classes at local theatres. Most schools offer comedic and improv courses, so if want to learn about comedic acting but don’t want to focus necessarily on that aspect of the art, then you will still be able to take the courses at a college or acting academy.
If you are interested in pursuing acting full time, you will want to look at college programs and full time acting academies. One of the most well-known acting programs is The Actors Studio- Pace University. They are also known for their television series “Inside the Actors Studio with James Lipton”. The show brings back their most successful spawns like Al Pacino, Bradley Cooper, Harvey Keitel and more! Prestigious college programs for full time aspiring actors is the well-known school Tisch School of the Arts at NYU along with USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is also a great option. Depending on your location, you should find a school that is comparable that offers a wide range of courses and instructors so you can become a well-rounded actor.
What If I Can Only Attend Classes Short Term?
If you don’t have an open full time schedule or a large budget to dedicate to school, then workshops and local classes are a good option. The great thing about acting workshops and local schools are you can learn from many different instructors and test the classes without committing long term. Several workshop instructors offer on-going classes that start with beginner courses and advance on. So if you find classes you like, with instructors you like, you can stick with them. If you decide the technique they teach doesn’t work for you, then you can try another workshop or studio. These types of classes are reasonably priced and will be beneficial to your training resume. You can take them for as short or a long as you want by taking more workshops.
You will want to select a school based on where you live and if you are willing to relocate, what your school budget is and what you are looking to achieve. There are acting academies, colleges, workshops and classes that will suit whatever your needs are. Visit our school directory page for some great options and be sure to check back as more schools, academies and workshops are added.