MFA acting program named among best 25 in the U.S. and U.K. by Backstage

Backstage has named the MFA acting program at Mason Gross School of the Arts among its 25 picks for best graduate acting programs in the United States and United Kingdom:

Rutgers University
While many collegiate-level acting programs hinge on a four-year degree for undergraduate studies and three-year for graduate, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts enacts a 3.5-year program for both levels of study, and there is plentiful commingling between the two age groups. Built on the foundations of a true theater company, this theater program inducts actors (both undergrad and grad), playwrights, directors, set designers, and more to learn and work alongside each other in the theater arts for the next seven semesters. While there is a shared curriculum between these practices (including theater history, global theater, and career transition), the heft of one’s degree is earned through core classes, which in the acting track emphasizes speech and movement alongside Meisner, Chekhov, and classical training. Further aligning with this “company” mentality, productions utilizing all departments are developed and put on throughout one’s education, and when it comes time for graduation, professional showcases are staged in New York City.

Read the full list here.

Posted May 2017.