Top musical theater colleges?

broadwaybaby324
Swing
joined:2/25/12
Top musical theater colleges?
Posted: 2/25/12 at 01:41pm
Hello Broadway World!

I'm a junior in high school and I'm searching for colleges. I'm planning on majoring in musical theater.

My top picks right now are Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Pace University, University of the Arts, Elon University, and Belmont University.

Any thoughts on these schools? Are there other musical theater schools you all would recommend? There are SO MANY out there. It's hard to tell the good from the bad.

ALSO: Do you think you need to go to college in New York to "make it big"? I've heard countless people say that you do, but then I think of people like Kristin Chenoweth who went to school in Oklahoma and ended up on Broadway! Just curious :)

Thanks!
supportivemom
Broadway Legend
joined:5/23/07
Top musical theater colleges?
Posted: 2/25/12 at 06:26pm
http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/musical-theater-major/

No- you don't have to go to school in New York to "make it big".
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
Top musical theater colleges?
Posted: 2/26/12 at 02:31pm
Actually, most of the best schools for theatre (just to name a few: CCM, Boston Conservatory, U of Michigan, Elon, Syracuse, NC School for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon) aren't in NYC. Or even close. Anyone who tells you that you have to train in NYC has no idea what they're talking about.

"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
Updated On: 2/26/12 at 02:31 PM
Valerain
Swing
joined:2/19/12
Top musical theater colleges?
Posted: 2/29/12 at 03:10pm
Well, i heard that NY Film Academy has great Musical theatre department, and i'm planning to audition there but i don't really know.
ChildrenwillListen
Featured Actor
joined:3/12/12
Top musical theater colleges?
Posted: 3/23/12 at 07:59pm
Desales University has a fantastic musical theatre program
nnuk23
Swing
joined:3/25/12
Top musical theater colleges?
Posted: 3/25/12 at 08:09pm
You defiantly don't have to attend an institution in New York City in order to succeed in theatre. I know when I was looking at colleges, I only wanted to be in NYC and then I just found that I didn't like any of the colleges there but still loved the city. Go to a school that you LOVE, you have your whole life to live and work in NYC.