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  • Questions about colleges 10/11/2018  1:52am

    My nephew is auditioning this year for BFA MT. Anyone have a really good or bad experience at the following schools. I’ll eventually ask for specifics but just want to hear if it was really amazing or really awful so we can limit where he’s thinking.

    Texas State
    Penn State
    University of Alabama
    Wright State
    Ball State
    Baldwin Wallace


    Alll the folks I've worked with from Penn State have had great training. I would highly suggest. Same goes for Shenandoah! I would suggest looking at Elon, PACE, and Michigan State.

    Hard pass on SEMO from experience working with their students.

    mil7230 10/11/2018  7:23am

    Syracuse, Baldwin-Wallace, And UBuffalo have some of the strongest alumni I’ve ever worked with from a “smaller” school. Obviously they’re well known but if we’re taking a step back from theUMich and CarMell level schools, those would be my top three for well-rounded, smart, grounded performers who learn a lot about the biz and not just how to look pretty.

    ‡‡‡ 10/11/2018  8:30am

    I would add Ithaca, Temple, UNCSA and a few others to that list - good acting training @ those schools for MT performers.
    If you can afford it, look into MTCA coaching - I dont think I couldve done the college audition process without it.

    chhhhhe 10/11/2018  11:19am

    If I could re-do the college audition process, I would audition for the following schools (none of which I applied to):

    Penn State

    Additionally, I would start taking dance classes asap and would absolutely hire an audition coach. I know I would have gotten into some of the programs I applied to if I had chosen more type-appropriate material and not completely bombed the dance call.

    bwaylvsong 10/11/2018  12:47pm

    I know people who went to Ball State, Syracuse, and Baldwin Wallace. They appear to be solid programs. I did a Shakespeare apprenticeship in the Midwest over the summer and other schools to consider that had a strong presence where I was at include:

    University of Evansville
    Webster Conservatory
    UT Austin

    Just putting those out there.

    TheAmasian1 10/11/2018  2:25pm

    Food for thought: the “best” schools all have comparable training. A more realistic ask one should make nowadays is about the senior showcase. If every new MT grad has a similar skill set coming out of school, the advantage of one school to another comes down to who saw them in a NYC showcase.

    ChallahIfYouHearMe 10/11/2018  3:58pm

    Addressing the schools on OP’s first list—I know some terrific recent Baldwin Wallace alums and know that school has a particularly good track record with showcases.

    ThatOneGuy 10/11/2018  6:35pm

    I went to The University of Alabama. It's a hidden gem. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The teachers are great, the dance program is incredible, and you'll truly learn a ton in your time there.

    bruiserwhereiselle 10/11/2018  6:50pm

    some people very close to have had horrible experiences at SEMO. so much so that some of them dropped out of school altogether.

    musicalwarrior 10/11/2018  7:10pm

    There’s also random schooola that are attached to equity houses def look at those! Like de sales with penn shakes and that one with nj shakes and the one with Utah shakes - if I did it again I would apply to schools attached to equity houses.

    wontsingbeforenoon 10/11/2018  11:46pm