Educational and Professional Requirements

Educational Requirement

  • Specialized training isn't always required
  • Acting conservatory (Optional)
  • University training (Optional)

Professional Requirement

  • Obtain union membership, (SAG and/or AFTRA)
  • Attend Auditions and land rolls

Top Education Colleges

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Oregon State University

Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, Oregon. It's a decent sized city with an estimated population of 55,000 people. It is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. As of 2012 it had a 78.8% percent acceptance rate and about 23,000 applicants on average.

Some of OSU's famous Alumni include Chris Anderson, two time Pulitzer prize winner,

Brian and Mike Mcmenamin, cofounders of the Mcmeniman restaurant chain, Leonard Shoen, founder of U-haul, and Pou Sohtireak, the Cambodian Minister for Industry.

21:1 is the current student-faculty ratio at OSU. OSU's theatre program offers courses in history, literature, performance, and design where students engage in the theory and practice of theatre with hands-on experiences. It's a Liberal arts school with many different options regarding degrees.Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,538 (full-time) and out-of-state tuition and fees are $23,469 (full time) as of 2013-14.

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Yale School of Drama

Yale school of Drama in located in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven is the second-largest city in the state with a population of about 129,780 people. It's known for it's diverse restaurants and is the place of origin for the first hamburger. As of 2012 Yale has a 7.1% acceptance rate, with an average of about 27,000+ every year.

Yale School of Drama is a graduate professional conservatory for theatre training in every discipline of the art form. It has many successful Alumni that are household names. The faculty are distinguished for both professional accomplishments and dedication to teaching. The students are admitted based on talent and potential for a career in the professional theatre. Yale's faculty-student ratio is 6:1. Its tuition and fees are $44,000 as of 2013-14.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state with a population of approximately 305,841 people. It is the second most livable in the US, according to CNN, despite the pollution that was once associated with it. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,279.

The program is a conservatory training course within a university setting, and offers students a four-year sequenced-based program leading to a B.F.A. in Drama. Classes are small, and focus a lot on the individual student along with the ability to collaborate with an ensemble. The faculty consists of working theatre professionals committed to teaching and instilling the highest standards of discipline, quality, and professional ethics. The faculty-student ratio is 13:1. The average tuition fee as of 2013-14 was $46,962.