What to Look for in Professional Drama Programs

New York acting schools come in all shapes and sizes, and choosing the right one can too often feel like a blind date. Above all, however, listen to your gut. Acting is a personal craft and everyone needs to find the training ground that feels like the best fit for them. Here are a few things to consider that will make the choice easier.

Study the Bios of the Theater Program’s Instructors

It is critical to study under educators who know the trade, know how to help you audition and get gigs. Look for real experience that goes beyond community productions.

Is the Drama Department Accredited?

If the theater program is reputable, it should carry some kind of accreditation from a third party, which conveniently means you can get student financial aid to help with the cost. Also, look up the school’s ranking and what kind of roles alumni have been able to land after graduating.

In addition to learning how to act, a good drama department will also help you find the connections that will prove key to launching your career. Do they work with professional agents or other talent scouts? It’s about who you know, and those connections begin with your education.