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Theatre and Performance Programs Earn a Top Spot on Annual List

Northwestern University was ranked the second best undergraduate drama school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter.

The list orders the top 25 programs based on resources, reputation, and alumni success. The Juilliard School, the New York City-based conservatory, is at the top slot. Carnegie Mellon, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art fill the three, four, and five positions respectively.

Northwestern’s Department of Theatre and Dance and its Department of Performance Studies are housed in the University’s School of Communication. Together the departments graduate approximately 100 students per year excelling in theatrical performance, management, design and direction. Nearly all department faculty are active leaders in the world of professional theatre and offer students an edge in navigating post-college creative careers. Facilities include a performing arts complex comprising two large theater spaces, multiple black boxes, state-of-the-art scene and costume shops, and designated spaces for on-camera work. The school’s innovative modular curriculum affords students the opportunity to pursue specialties with the support of faculty, staff, and alumni. Undergraduate students enter the workforce with professional theatre credits through internships and strategic partnerships, as well as a robust portfolio to best position them for employment and success. The University’s proximity to Chicago enables students and faculty to create and maintain strong ties to the city’s vibrant, cutting-edge theatre scene.

The School of Communication’s initiatives and incubators include: The Waa-Mu Show; American Music Theatre Project, the University’s Dance Program, the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival, the Music Theatre Certificate program, and the Student Theatre Coalition.

Northwestern’s programs have graduated such notable alumni as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephen Colbert, Charlton Heston, David Schwimmer, Brian d’Arcy James, Frank Galati, and Mary Zimmerman.

The Hollywood Reporter ranked Northwestern at No. 7 in 2015.

To see the full list, visit The Hollywood Reporter. The print edition hit newsstands on May 27.