University of Southern California
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Los Angeles,CA 90089
Founded in 1945, the USC School of Dramatic Arts is recognized internationally as a leader in dramatic arts education. Ranked among the top dramatic arts programs in the world, the School blends artistic training in a conservatory environment with all the academic advantages of a major research university. The School’s active production program (more than 20 shows annually) utilizes five theatre facilities: the Bing Theatre, the Scene Dock Theatre, the Massman Theatre, the McClintock Theatre and the USC Village Gate Theatre. The School encourages students to gain professional experience and academic credit through internships, ranging from performance opportunities to administrative experience. The School also attracts a wide range of guest speakers and lecturers, including some of the most distinguished talents from stage, screen and television. Our graduate programs in Acting and Dramatic Writing are both intensive, three-year programs taught by a faculty comprised of theatre professionals working at the highest level of the industry. The location of the campus, literally in the center of the entertainment industry, makes the School of Theatre distinctive among colleges and universities in the United States.
Notable Alumni Include: Patrick J. Adams, Troian Bellisario, Beck Bennett, LeVar Burton, Sophia Bush, Tate Donovan, Anthony Edwards, Ryan Eggold, Daryl Hannah, Randy Johnson, Swoosie Kurtz, James Lesure, John Ritter, Stark Sands, Kyra Sedgwick, Ally Sheedy, Jonathan Silverman, James Snyder, Darren Star, Eric Stoltz, Danny Strong, Chase Williamson, Forest Whitaker