Where To Study Acting In South Africa

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Best Drama Schools in South Africa

  • School of the Arts – Drama Apartment – University of Pretoria.
  • Stellenbosch University.
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy. .
  • Figment School of Dramatic Arts. .
  • Rhodes University Theatre.
  • Byron Bure Academy of Theatre Arts (BRATA) .
  • TA-DA Training!

where to study drama at university

Juilliard (New York)

Classes have been conducted in person since November 2020 at Juilliard, where a four-year BFA acting program and a four-year MFA acting program are offered. Students from both levels of this most elite of conservatories cross paths in studio work (voice, movement, scene study, etc.). Recent grads include In the Heights‘ Corey Hawkins and Search Party‘s Brandon Micheal Hall. On the faculty end, a nine-month search led to the hiring of Derrick Sanders, founder of Congo Square Theatre, dedicated to work “rooted in the African diaspora,” as the new associate director of the school’s drama division. Students recently made waves protesting a planned $2,000 tuition increase to about $51,000. The final year’s tuition is waived for grad students. (All tuitions cited are annual.)02

Yale (New Haven, CT)

The school, which operates in partnership with the Yale Repertory Theatre, offers a three-year acting MFA only and features one of the starriest lists of graduates — including WandaVision‘s Kathryn Hahn, Watchmen‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and 2021 Oscar winner Frances McDormand. Tuition is $34,000 — but the school boasts that 85 percent of students receive financial aid.03

NYU – Tisch (New York)

An NYU Tisch School production of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play Marys Seacole in 2020.


As New York theater and TV and film production perk back to life after a year of stasis, this school, which is actually two separately run schools — Tisch Drama and the Graduate Acting Program — benefits greatly from being right in the heart of the action. Tisch has a proven track record at both the undergraduate (My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom) and graduate level (Moonlight‘s André Holland). Carl Cofield joins the latter, three-year program this fall as department chair. He was previously associate artistic director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem. A new performance facility at 181 Mercer St. is nearly complete and will feature NYU’s first professional-level proscenium, a fly-loft theater for student production, plus rehearsal and training spaces. Tuition for undergrads is $59,000; grad school is $65,000, with financial aid available (on average, students receiving aid are responsible for covering 30 percent).04

University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

The four-year undergrad program is among the premiere training institutions to offer a BFA in acting. The program was among the most innovative in getting its students on their feet throughout the pandemic, with a combination of filmed theater, radio plays and socially distanced in-person shows. Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) and Billy Magnussen (Made for Love) are alums. Tuition is $23,000 for out-of-state, $6,500 for in-state, with scholarships available.05

UC San Diego (San Diego)

Graduate students work closely with the top-ranked La Jolla Playhouse at UCSD, where Toby Onwumere (The Matrix 4) got his MFA. The school puts a strong emphasis on mounting new plays, working in close partnership with the Wagner New Play Festival. B.A.s in theater are also offered, and students have access to the school’s five theater spaces (four of which are shared with the La Jolla Playhouse). Undergrad tuition is $15,000 for California residents and $45,000 for out-of-state; grad students have their tuition waived and are given a monthly stipend of $2,500.

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