The Hollywood Reporter’s List of the 25 Top Drama Schools – The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter polled theater insiders and top casting directors to find the best training grounds for aspiring actors and Pace University’s The Actors Studio came out in the top 25 drama schools in the country.

The Hollywood Reporter polled theater insiders and top casting directors to find the best training grounds for aspiring actors and Pace University’s The Actors Studio came out in the top 25 drama schools in the country.

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“I look at the school, and anyone who tells you they don’t is lying to you,” says producer Todd Black, who helped cast the Meryl Streep film Hope Springs. “I’m gonna look much faster at a kid from a top school than from the University of Southern North Dakota.” To find out which schools give the most bang for the buck, The Hollywood Reporter polled Casting Society of America members and theater insiders. Some schools were chosen for their illustrious alumni or curriculum, but the bottom line is, these 25 schools offer the entree it takes to get a job. As Felicity Huffman has said of the “Tisch mafia” at her alma mater, NYU, “Without them, it is very possible I wouldn’t be a working actress today.”

THE ACTORS STUDIO, PACE UNIVERSITY | New York

“It is a sacred place,” says Actors Studio Drama School alum Bradley Cooper. Where else could he have gotten an MFA where curriculum and faculty are chosen by Actors Studio Drama School presidents Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Ellen Burstyn? Students sharpen their gifts with the Stanislavski Method and get into founder James Lipton’s celebrated seminars. The school is immortalized in a recent conversation on Fox’s Glee between Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele). Finn: “What was that acting school on Bravo with the swear words and the cool dude that you made me watch?” Rachel: “James Lipton.” Finn: “Yeah. … I want to go to Inside the Actors Studio.” Rachel: “It’s just ‘The Actors Studio,’ but that’s great!” Casting directors agree.

Notable Alumni: Chris Stack, Xanthe Elbrick

via The Hollywood Reporter’s List of the 25 Top Drama Schools – The Hollywood Reporter.

BroadwayWorld: “CHAGRIN Plays Fringe NYC” – Opens August 12 with Actors Studio Drama School MFA Grads

Recent graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA program come together to perform “Chagrin,” a humorous and heartbreaking story of failed friendship at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.

Outside Inside was founded in 2011 by graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University to produce new plays written, directed, and performed according to the tenets of the influential Stanislavsky “System,” and the philosophies of the world-renowned Actors Studio

Outside Inside’s inaugural production will be Chagrin by Michael Ross Albert, debuting at the largest multi-arts festival in North America, the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.

Chagrin takes place outside of a small town hospital, where four estranged friends are unexpectedly reunited. Fifteen years ago, these child geniuses rose to mega-stardom on a popular TV game show. Now, brought together by a tragic accident, they must grapple with their collective past in the place where it all began – Chagrin Falls. 

Adam Levi directs this world premiere production which stars Marco Agnolucci, Heath Carr, Suzy Kimball, and Melissa Rosenberger. Kaitlyn Samuel serves as Associate Producer/Assistant Director.

Performance schedule for Chagrin @ LaMaMa’s First Floor Theater (74A East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery): 

  • FRIDAY 8/12 @ 7:15-8:15 pm (Opening Night!)
  • SUNDAY 8/14 @ 4:15-5:15 pm
  • WEDNESDAY 8/17 @ 10:00-11:00 pm
  • THURSDAY 8/18 @ 4:00-5:00 pm
  • SATURDAY 8/20 @ NOON-1:00 pm

BroadwayWorld.com: “WITH A SHRUG” Made Semi-Finalist in Samuel French Off Off B’way Short Play Fest”

WITH A SHRUG by Playwright Nicholas Priore will be presented at the 36th Annual Samuel French Inc. Off Off Broadway (OOB) Short Play Festival on Friday, July 22 at 8 pm, at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). It is one of 40 plays chosen from over 1,000 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs and professional companies across the country. Running time: 30 minutes.

“It’s a great honor to be involved with the Samuel French OOB Festival this summer…our team is very excited to share this work,” Playwright Nicholas Priore told BroadwayWorld.com.
 
“All in the Family” – The Actors Studio Connection
 
“Everyone involved With a Shrug is associated in some way with The Actors Studio,” said Priore, who studied playwriting at The Actors Studio Drama School, where he graduated with an MFA in Theatre (’10).  He has spent the last year as a Working Finalist in The Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop and Playwright Directors Unit.
 
Synopsis.  Gina Bonati, a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, stars as Shelley, who is cleaning out her old childhood home after the death of her reclusive father when David Holmes, currently an intern at The Actors Studio who plays Chris, pays a visit to retrieve something he had her father borrow.  Robert Haufrecht, a member of The Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop, directs.

PEOPLE.com: “Jennifer Aniston Brings Justin Theroux Inside the Actors Studio”

Now, Jennifer Aniston is mixing business with pleasure by bringing new beau Justin Theroux to her interview with James Lipton for Inside the Actors Studio.

Lipton, who chatted with the Horrible Bosses star for nearly three hours, says he was completely captivated by Aniston’s warm personality. “She’s as quick and witty and charming as she is on screen,” Lipton told PEOPLE immediately after the interview, which will air next month on Bravo.

Now, Jennifer Aniston is mixing business with pleasure by bringing new beau Justin Theroux to her interview with James Lipton for Inside the Actors Studio.

Theroux, 39, “was sitting in the front row, and she made eye contact with him,” second-year Actors Studio MFA student Christina Schudel told PEOPLE.com at Thursday’s New York taping with Aniston, 42.  The interview will air next month on Bravo.

“Whenever there would be a lull, she would just look at him and give him a wink and go back to what she was doing,” says Schudel.

Aniston was also clearly a hit with the crowd – which roared with laughter after Lipton asked what drew the actress to the 2006 movie The Break-Up

Replied Aniston: “Well, you know it’s something I have a lot of experience with.”

“She was just so relaxed and so open,” observed Schudel. “So lovable from beginning to end. Such a sweetheart.”

Lipton, who chatted with the Horrible Bosses star for nearly three hours, says he was completely captivated by Aniston’s warm personality.

“She’s as quick and witty and charming as she is on screen,” Lipton told PEOPLE immediately after the interview.