The rise of acting programs

Tryouts for the Rest of Your Life CECILIA CAPUZZI SIMON New York Times April 20, 2008

“In 1970, only a handful of acting programs existed, all in the Northeast, according to Dramatics magazine, which is published by the Educational Theater Association. Today, more than 100 colleges and universities across the country offer conservatory training or B.F.A.’s. Several hundred more offer Bachelor of Arts degrees with majors in theater or acting, and concentrations in related areas like stage management, directing or scenic design….

“Toni Dorfman, Yale’s director of undergraduate theater studies, complains that the ‘complete these programs and you’ll be a success in theater’ mentality ‘is a disservice’ to students. ‘There’s no way to ensure young people of work in theater, let alone success.’ Success, she adds, takes talent, luck and a bit of obsession: ‘You have to love it so much that you’re willing to put up with the disappointments.’”

Posted by: Tanya

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