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List of Acting Schools

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A list of all the major acting schools around the world. The highlighted schools in each country are considered to be the top schools in that country. We have decided these rankings using a number of factors including: student feedback, surveys, alumni, industry advice and more.Please leave a comment below if you have had an experience at any of the Acting schools listed. We are always looking to learn more about actor training.

If you are looking at auditioning for any of these acting schools, thoroughly research the courses. It is useful to look at how recent graduates are going. Speak to people in the industry to get a feel for how each school is seen by the industry. This is constantly changing. You will typically need to prepare one or maybe two monologues to audition for these schools, so check out our resources for finding monologues, rehearsing monologues and preparing monologues!

Here are the best drama schools around the world: 

American Acting Schools

USA Drama Schools

Best American Drama Schools

1. The Juilliard School, Drama Division

2. The Actors Studio (Pace University)

3. Yale School of Drama

4. Tisch School of the Arts, New York City

5. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

  • ACT, San Francisco
  • Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
  • Atlantic Acting School
  • The Stellar Adler Studio of Acting
  • Capilano University
  • Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts
  • The Academy for Classical Acting
  • Northwestern University
  • State University of New York, Purchase
  • Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School
  • Boston Conservatory: Music, Dance, Theatre
  • Boston University, School of Theatre
  • Michelle Danner Acting School
  • Elizabeth Mestnik Acting School
  • Illinois Theatre Center Drama School
  • Meisner Center Acting Training
  • California Institute of the Arts, School of Theatre
  • The Meisner Technique School of Acting
  • The New School for Drama
  • New York Film Academy
  • New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts
  • Stella Adler Conservatory
  • The True Acting Institute
  • Tom Todoroff Studio Acting Conservatory
  • University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA
  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Southern California: School of Dramatic Arts
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • UC San Diego

British Acting Schools

British Drama Schools

Best British Drama Schools

1. The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

2. London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

3. Central School of Speech and Drama

4. Guildhall School of Music and Drama

5. Bristol Old Vic

  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
  • The Manchester School of Acting
  • Arden School of Theatre
  • Birmingham School of Acting
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • Drama Centre London
  • Drama Studio London
  • East 15 Acting School
  • Guildford School of Acting
  • Arts Educational Schools, London
  • Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
  • London School of Musical Theatre
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Oxford School of Drama
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Australian Acting Schools

Australian Acting Schools

Australian Drama Schools

Best Australian Drama Schools

1. National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA)

2. Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

3. Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

4. Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)

5. ACA: Actors Centre Australia (ACA)

  • ACARTS: Adelaide College of the Art
  • The National Theatre Drama School
  • Deakin University (Drama)
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Wollongong
  • Screenwise Film and TV school for Actors
  • Flinders Drama Centre
  • University of Tasmania (Academy of the Arts)
  • University of Ballarat
  • Curtin University

Canadian Acting Schools

Canada Drama Schools

  • Canadian College of Performing Arts
  • Vancouver Film School
  • National Theatre School of Canada
  • Second City Toronto

International Acting Schools

International Drama Schools

  • Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
  • National Theatre School of Canada
  • National School of Drama (India)
  • Conservatoire National Superieur d Art Dramatique
  • Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre
  • Wits University, BADA
  • University of Cape Town
  • Rhodes University
  • Tshwane University
  • State Academy of Film, TV and Theatre in Lodz


About the Author

StageMilk Team

is made up of young professional actors and writers from around the world. This team includes Andrew Hearle, Luke McMahon, Indiana Kwong, Patrick Cullen and many more. We all work together to contribute useful articles and resources for actors at all stages in their careers.

About the Author

StageMilk Team

is made up of young professional actors and writers from around the world. This team includes Andrew Hearle, Luke McMahon, Indiana Kwong, Patrick Cullen and many more. We all work together to contribute useful articles and resources for actors at all stages in their careers.

3 responses to “List of Acting Schools”

  1. Avatar Deena Freeman says:

    You must add The Speiser/Sturges acting studio to the list of best acting schools. Check out their website. Aaron is a gifted teacher and in a league by himself. Shannon is an incredible teacher as well. I have studied with Aaron for a number of years.,.. He is Will Smith’s acting coach as well as a coach to many more stars.
    By the way, there is no mention of an acting school for teens which I run, called, Deena Freeman’s Teen Acting Classes. I have many years experience and am trained by Aaron. He and Shannon send me students. Please check out my website:

  2. Avatar Lesley says:

    The Australian list isnt exactly correct these days. It’s widely known that actors graduating from NIDA, QUT and VCA are not as balanced, outstanding performers as these schools once produced. Many Australian actors undertake training privately or at smaller screen schools such as Screenwise in New South Wales and The Australian Film & Television Academy (TAFTA) in Melbourne. The smaller schools prepare the actors for real work on set, whereas the universities only shape the actors into a certain type of performer, often limiting their range of ability and not preparing them for the reality of life as an actor. I work in admin in performing arts education in Australia. I hear this point of view from many directors and acting coaches.

    • Andrew Hearle Andrew Hearle says:

      Hi Lesley, thanks for your comment. I would have to disagree here. The major drama schools are still very well respected and especially for those interested in a career in theatre, studying at a film school would not be ideal. Most schools are much more balanced now. NIDA used to have a reputation for “breaking actors”, but with John at the head it’s a much more open and adaptive school. We love Screenwise and TAFTA, but in regards to a list of leading drama schools I don’t think anyone would place those schools above any of the major 3 year programs.

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