Performing Arts Schools Offering Theatre and Drama Programs

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In 2017, we have evaluated 1,050 performing arts schools offering theatre and drama programs. The most theatre schools and colleges are in California (136 schools), Texas (74 schools), New York (71 schools), Pennsylvania (59 schools), and North Carolina (36 schools).

The best theatre program in the United States is offered by New York University. That school has an excellent theatre program - five-star rating for curriculum and four stars for teaching.

The Best 50 theatre schools are below. To check all theatre schools, please narrow your search by state or desired diploma. Alternatively, check the recent ranking of the top theatre schools and colleges in USA.


Top 50 theatre schools:

New York University - Performing Arts School Ranking
1. New York University

New York City, New York

Northwestern University - Performing Arts School Ranking
2. Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

University of Southern California - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of California Irvine - Performing Arts School Ranking
Florida State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
5. Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Indiana University Bloomington - Performing Arts School Ranking
California State University Long Beach - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of Washington Seattle - Performing Arts School Ranking
Carnegie Mellon University - Performing Arts School Ranking
9. Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Temple University - Performing Arts School Ranking
10. Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The New School - Performing Arts School Ranking
11. The New School

New York City, New York

Syracuse University - Performing Arts School Ranking
12. Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

University of California Davis - Performing Arts School Ranking
Brigham Young University Provo - Performing Arts School Ranking
The Juilliard School - Performing Arts School Ranking
15. The Juilliard School

New York City, New York

University of Cincinnati - Performing Arts School Ranking
American Musical and Dramatic Academy - Performing Arts School Ranking
Columbia University in The City of New York - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of California Los Angeles - Performing Arts School Ranking
Yale University - Performing Arts School Ranking
20. Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Texas State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of Central Florida - Performing Arts School Ranking
American Conservatory Theater - Performing Arts School Ranking
25. American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, California

University of California San Diego - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - Performing Arts School Ranking
27. University of Illinois

Champaign, Illinois

Boston University - Performing Arts School Ranking
28. Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

California State University Fullerton - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of California Berkeley - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of New Orleans - Performing Arts School Ranking
31. University of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Brown University - Performing Arts School Ranking
32. Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

University of Georgia - Performing Arts School Ranking
Chapman University - Performing Arts School Ranking
34. Chapman University

Orange, California

Ohio State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of Notre Dame - Performing Arts School Ranking
36. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

University of Wisconsin Madison - Performing Arts School Ranking
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Performing Arts School Ranking
38. University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

University of North Texas - Performing Arts School Ranking
San Diego State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
40. San Diego State University

San Diego, California

University of Florida - Performing Arts School Ranking
41. University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Arizona State University Tempe - Performing Arts School Ranking
California Institute of The Arts - Performing Arts School Ranking
Wayne State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
Stony Brook University - Performing Arts School Ranking
45. Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

University of Connecticut - Performing Arts School Ranking
University at Buffalo - Performing Arts School Ranking
47. University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

CUNY Hunter College - Performing Arts School Ranking
48. CUNY Hunter College

New York City, New York

California State University Northridge - Performing Arts School Ranking
Savannah College of Art and Design - Performing Arts School Ranking


Theatre schools by state:

Schools by State13 Theatre Schools in Alabama17 Theatre Schools in Arizona11 Theatre Schools in Arkansas136 Theatre Schools in California11 Theatre Schools in Colorado14 Theatre Schools in ConnecticutNo Theatre Schools in Delaware22 Theatre Schools in Florida27 Theatre Schools in Georgia7 Theatre Schools in Idaho34 Theatre Schools in Illinois27 Theatre Schools in Indiana19 Theatre Schools in Iowa19 Theatre Schools in Kansas19 Theatre Schools in Kentucky11 Theatre Schools in Louisiana4 Theatre Schools in Maine13 Theatre Schools in Maryland35 Theatre Schools in Massachusetts30 Theatre Schools in Michigan31 Theatre Schools in Minnesota10 Theatre Schools in Mississippi32 Theatre Schools in Missouri3 Theatre Schools in Montana12 Theatre Schools in Nebraska3 Theatre Schools in Nevada6 Theatre Schools in New Hampshire11 Theatre Schools in New Jersey6 Theatre Schools in New Mexico71 Theatre Schools in New York36 Theatre Schools in North Carolina4 Theatre Schools in North Dakota35 Theatre Schools in Ohio16 Theatre Schools in Oklahoma14 Theatre Schools in Oregon59 Theatre Schools in Pennsylvania7 Theatre Schools in Rhode Island18 Theatre Schools in South Carolina6 Theatre Schools in South Dakota22 Theatre Schools in Tennessee74 Theatre Schools in Texas9 Theatre Schools in Utah7 Theatre Schools in Vermont30 Theatre Schools in Virginia15 Theatre Schools in Washington7 Theatre Schools in District of Columbia6 Theatre Schools in West Virginia23 Theatre Schools in Wisconsin5 Theatre Schools in Wyoming


Theatre schools by diploma:

Certificates: 55 schools
Associate's Degrees: 196 schools
Bachelor's Degrees: 844 schools
Master's Degrees: 166 schools
Doctoral Degrees: 36 schools

Theatre schools by region:

Northeast: 214 schools
Midwest: 272 schools
South: 336 schools
West: 228 schools

Other performing arts programs:

Dance: 306 schools
Ballet: 6 schools
Music: 416 schools
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