Syracuse University (SU) is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York. The institution was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lima in 1831 and its roots can be traced back to the Wesleyan Seminary. The school offers conservatory-style training within a university setting.
They offer a well-rounded, “toolbox” approach to the craft of acting. They don’t favor one technique over another and students can expect 30 hours a week in professional training, namely 20 hours preparing for class, and another 5 to 7 for academics.
After auditioning 700 – 900 applicants, the freshman class will have 25 acting majors and 25 musical theatre majors. SU drama offers students an opportunity to study at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London for a single semester in their junior year. SU Drama shares a building with the regional Equity house, Syracuse Stage.
Not only do those actors interact directly with the students, but students have the chance to be in Syracuse Stage productions, earning them Equity Membership Candidacy (EMC) points. For seniors, the Tepper Semester in New York City offers a chance to take classes with real working actors and casting directors to build connections. Tuition is about $50,000 annually.