Where to Go to College for Acting

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Most colleges and universities have a theater department, but many of the best schools are in New York and Los Angeles. Research university acting programs with advice from a professional actor in this free video on acting.

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Hi, I'm Richard Rifkin. I'm a professional actor and we're here at the Merlin Theater in Budapest Hungary. Today we're going to talk about where to go to college for acting. Well it's a very good question. It of course depends on where you are. Where do you live? Generally most of your colleges or universities will have a theater department. So probably to begin with why don't you start in your local area and check out with the universities. For that matter even a city college could very well have a drama department and acting department. I started out over in Los Angeles. Of course I took a lot of private lessons and I worked with a lot of theater work shops but I also I started out at Los Angeles city college and then moved onto one of the bigger universities. But if if you really got this acting bug and maybe you've seen the movie Fame where all the kids are studying acting and sing and dancing. Well then you're going to have to go to New York. On the other hand if you're more inclined to all this Hollywood glamour stuff go out to L.A. There's a lot of great universities. Top notch colleges that teach acting, film making, drama and all the other aspects of film making and that acting. So I would check out on the internet, look at some universities, see the programs that they have, that they offer. And check out what area you might want to live in. Again if you want to live in the hustle bustle of a busy city, New York's got some of the best acting classes available. You want to sit under a palm tree and study your script on the beach go to L.A. and study. I hope this helps you out. All the best luck to you. Thanks.

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