Top 10 Acting Schools Around the World

By ,March 8, 2023

If you’re looking to pursue a career in the dramatic arts, you may be wondering which drama schools are the best around the world. Well, wonder no more! Here are our top 10 picks for drama schools that offer fantastic training, opportunities, and resources to help you develop your craft:

  1. The Juilliard School – Located in New York City, Juilliard is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world. (Viola Davis, Adam Driver, Jessica Chastain, Robin Williams, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone)
  2. Yale School of Drama – Yale is known for its rigorous training program and for producing many successful actors, playwrights, and directors. (Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Giamatti, Frances McDormand, John Turturro)
  3. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) – Located in London, RADA has a long and storied history of producing some of the most celebrated actors in the world. (Alan Rickman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Imelda Staunton, Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Fiennes)
  4. The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute – Based in New York City and Los Angeles, the Strasberg Institute is a top choice for actors seeking training in the “Method” technique. (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie)
  5. National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) – Located in Sydney, Australia, NIDA is a highly respected school that offers a comprehensive range of courses in acting, directing, and other aspects of theatre. (Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis, Baz Luhrmann)
  6. The Moscow Art Theatre School – As one of the oldest and most influential drama schools in the world, the Moscow Art Theatre School offers a unique and immersive training experience. (Constantin Stanislavski, Mikhail Chekhov, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Oleg Efremov, Vladimir Vysotsky)
  7. The Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Another top choice for aspiring actors in London, Guildhall offers a wide range of programs and opportunities for students. (Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Lily James, Jodie Whittaker, Hayley Atwell)
  8. Tisch School of the Arts at New York University – Known for its strong focus on both theatre and film, Tisch is a great choice for students who want to explore both mediums. (Lady Gaga, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee)
  9. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting – Based in New York City, the Adler Studio offers a rigorous training program rooted in the techniques of legendary acting teacher Stella Adler. (Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Ruffalo, Salma Hayek)
  10. The Central School of Speech and Drama – Located in London, Central is a top choice for students seeking a well-rounded education in all aspects of theatre and performance. (Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Kit Harington, Andrew Garfield, Dominic Cooper)

So there you have it, folks! These are just some of the many amazing drama schools around the world that can help you achieve your acting goals. Remember, no matter where you decide to study, the most important thing is to stay passionate, dedicated, and always strive to improve your craft. Good luck!

Author Nisrine Amine

Nisrine Amine is an AWGIE and AACTA-award nominated writer and a Sydney Theatre award nominated actor. She is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Parramatta Actors Centre. Learn about Nisrine's vision for PAC here.

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