Should someone in the New England area have an interest in getting a solid education in acting, directing, or other components of the industry, two of the first places to look would be the Boston and Amherst campuses of the University of Massachusetts (UMass). Both programs give you a systematic study of modern theater and its many aspects, while imparting lifelong learning skills in creative problem-solving, effective teamwork, and how to succeed in your area of expertise.
The Boston campus has a Performing Arts Department which focuses on music and dance as well as theater, all of which have different career paths to specialize in. There are internships, a fall festival of student plays, and the chance to compete in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, among numerous other opportunities.
The Amherst campus has both undergraduate and graduate programs in its Department of Theater. According to their website, the campus’s theater department offers a “broad-based training program that emphasizes collaboration and mentoring. Broad-based training teaches students a shared vocabulary and instills a mutual respect, better enabling them to collaborate and to create exciting theater.”
Famous guests go hand-in-hand with intensive connections between students and faculty. Former students of UMass Amherst include actors Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan, Richard Gere, Marissa Matrone, and Rob Corddry. All auditions for the school’s major productions are open to the general public as well as students.
With such high quality programs offered, these two UMass campuses are first-rate destinations for anyone in New England seeking an education regarding the industry.
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