Theater and Drama Schools and Colleges

Theater and Drama Schools
Colleges and Schools Listed
1,316
Theater and Drama schools award students bachelor’s and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees, and can take between 4 and 6 years to complete. They are typically taught in performing arts departments at colleges, but can also be private institutions and conservatory.

The course curriculum for these degrees will usually consist of stage development, speech development, communications, dramatic literature, and film.

Students interested in obtaining theater and drama degree’s should exhibit a high level of creative, be comfortable with public speaking, and show a certain level of innate talent when performing.

Students graduating from these schools will often pursue careers in acting and live theater performance. Most students begin their acting career working for television stations, theater companies, and motion picture production companies. However, over 20% of all actors and actresses in the industry are self employed through private contracting.

Average Tuition Per Year
$24,300
The average salaries for employees in this industry is roughly $22 per hour.

Our website has 1,316 colleges offering theater and drama programs. Narrow your search to find colleges granting certificates, associate's diplomas, bachelor's diplomas, master's diplomas, and doctoral diplomas in theater and drama majors.

Check an alternative detailed ranking of theater and drama schools at Theatre-Schools.com. The related programs are Art, Dance and Ballet, and Film and Acting.

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Alabama
Learn more about 14 theater and drama schools and colleges in Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, Fairfield, Jacksonville, Montevallo, Huntsville, Auburn, and Tuscaloosa. Around 200 theater and drama diplomas are granted each academic year. Average tuition price for theater and drama degree programs in AL - $22,400.

Alaska
Get details on 2 theater and drama schools and colleges in Fairbanks and Anchorage. Around 100 theater and drama diplomas are awarded each year. Average tuition price for theater and drama programs in AK is around $18,800.

Arizona
We list 21 theater and drama schools and colleges in Phoenix, Tempe, Flagstaff, Tucson, Coolidge, Chandler, Scottsdale, and 11 more cities. Approximately 400 theater and drama degrees are granted each academic year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama degree programs in AZ is approximately $18,600.

Arkansas
Learn about 12 theater and drama schools and colleges in Conway, Arkadelphia, Little Rock, Fayetteville, Batesville, Searcy, Jonesboro, and 7 more cities. About 100 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded each academic year. Average tuition cost for theater and drama degree programs in AR is around $17,300.

California
Our listing contains 162 theater and drama schools and colleges in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Claremont, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Riverside, and 109 other cities. Approximately 3,700 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted each year. Average tuition for theater and drama programs in CA is around $24,900.

Colorado
Our directory contains 15 theater and drama schools and colleges in Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, Lakewood, Greeley, Durango, Grand Junction, Alamosa, and Fort Collins. Approximately 300 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted each academic year. Average tuition price for theater and drama degree programs in CO - $21,300.

Connecticut
Read information about 16 theater and drama schools and colleges in Fairfield, New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford, West Haven, Danbury, Storrs, and 11 more cities. Approximately 300 theater and drama degrees are awarded every year. Average tuition price for theater and drama programs in CT: $35,700.

District of Columbia
Read about 8 theater and drama schools and colleges in Washington. About 200 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted each academic year. Average tuition cost for theater and drama programs in DC is roughly $30,000.

Florida
Read information about 43 theater and drama schools and colleges in Tampa, Tallahassee, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Lakeland, and 25 more cities. Approximately 1,300 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted each academic year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama programs in FL is about $18,400.

Georgia
Learn about 33 theater and drama schools and colleges in Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Gainesville, Mount Vernon, Dahlonega, Milledgeville, and 22 more cities. About 500 theater and drama degrees are awarded each year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama programs in GA is roughly $25,000.

Hawaii
Detailed information about 2 theater and drama schools and colleges in Laie and Honolulu. Around 100 theater and drama degrees are granted every year. Average tuition for theater and drama degree programs in HI is roughly $30,700.

Idaho
Learn more about 7 theater and drama schools and colleges in Coeur d'Alene, Pocatello, Caldwell, Twin Falls, Moscow, Boise, and Rexburg. About 100 theater and drama diplomas are awarded each academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama degree programs in ID - $18,400.

Illinois
Learn about 44 theater and drama schools and colleges in Chicago, Champaign, River Forest, Rockford, Carbondale, Elgin, Joliet, and 29 more cities. Approximately 1,000 theater and drama degrees are awarded each year. Average tuition price for theater and drama programs in IL is roughly $30,800.

Indiana
Get details on 32 theater and drama schools and colleges in Indianapolis, Notre Dame, Fort Wayne, Evansville, Crawfordsville, Huntington, Richmond, and 24 more cities. About 400 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted every academic year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama degree programs in IN is roughly $30,600.

Iowa
Learn about 24 theater and drama schools and colleges in Dubuque, Sioux City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Storm Lake, Forest City, and 17 more cities. About 200 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded every academic year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama degree programs in IA: $28,100.

Kansas
We reviewed 23 theater and drama schools and colleges in McPherson, Wichita, Lawrence, Topeka, El Dorado, Lindsborg, Winfield, and 16 more cities. About 200 theater and drama degrees are granted every year. Average tuition for theater and drama degree programs in KS is roughly $16,800.

Kentucky
Learn about 22 theater and drama schools and colleges in Lexington, Owensboro, Louisville, Bowling Green, Georgetown, Williamsburg, Columbia, and 14 other cities. About 200 theater and drama diplomas are awarded each year. Average tuition cost for theater and drama programs in KY - $22,300.

Louisiana
We list 13 theater and drama schools and colleges in New Orleans, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Grambling, Natchitoches, Bossier City, Pineville, and Lafayette. Approximately 300 theater and drama degrees are granted every year. Average tuition price for theater and drama degree programs in LA - $17,700.

Maine
Learn more about 7 theater and drama schools and colleges in Farmington, Orono, Brunswick, Waterville, Lewiston, Bangor, and Portland. Around 100 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted every academic year. Average tuition cost for theater and drama programs in ME is around $36,000.

Maryland
Our listing contains 18 theater and drama schools and colleges in Baltimore, Bowie, Towson, Rockville, College Park, Bel Air, Salisbury, and 9 other cities. Approximately 300 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded each year. Average tuition cost for theater and drama degree programs in MD is approximately $20,400.

Massachusetts
Learn more about 43 theater and drama schools and colleges in Boston, Worcester, Amherst, Chestnut Hill, Bridgewater, Haverhill, Pittsfield, and 28 more cities. Around 800 theater and drama diplomas are granted each year. Average tuition price for theater and drama degree programs in MA: $34,600.

Michigan
We reviewed 42 theater and drama schools and colleges in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Rochester Hills, Kalamazoo, Adrian, Ann Arbor, Flint, and 28 other cities. Approximately 500 theater and drama degrees are granted every academic year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama programs in MI is roughly $26,400.

Minnesota
Read information about 39 theater and drama schools and colleges in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Moorhead, Mankato, Saint Cloud, and 19 other cities. Approximately 400 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded each year. Average tuition cost for theater and drama degree programs in MN is roughly $21,100.

Mississippi
We list 17 theater and drama schools and colleges in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Clarksdale, Scooba, Itta Bena, Columbus, Starkville, and 11 more cities. About 300 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded each year. Average tuition cost for theater and drama degree programs in MS is approximately $15,200.

Missouri
We reviewed 33 theater and drama schools and colleges in Saint Louis, Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, Cape Girardeau, Kirksville, Saint Joseph, and 19 other cities. Around 400 theater and drama degrees are granted each academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama degree programs in MO - $19,900.

Montana
Our directory contains 5 theater and drama schools and colleges in Billings, Helena, Dillon, and Missoula. Approximately 100 theater and drama diplomas are granted every academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama degree programs in MT is about $22,000.

Nebraska
Learn more about 13 theater and drama schools and colleges in Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings, Scottsbluff, Crete, Wayne, Kearney, and 7 other cities. About 100 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted each year. Average tuition for theater and drama programs in NE is around $23,000.

Nevada
Our directory contains 3 theater and drama schools and colleges in Las Vegas and Reno. Around 100 theater and drama diplomas are awarded each academic year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama degree programs in NV - $19,200.

New Hampshire
We reviewed 7 theater and drama schools and colleges in Hanover, Keene, Durham, Rindge, Henniker, Concord, and Plymouth. About 100 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted each year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama programs in NH is around $25,800.

New Jersey
Our directory contains 23 theater and drama schools and colleges in Madison, Newark, Camden, Mahwah, Wayne, Lakewood, Teaneck, and 18 more cities. About 400 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted every academic year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama programs in NJ - $22,200.

New Mexico
We reviewed 11 theater and drama schools and colleges in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Farmington, Portales, Espanola, and Silver City. About 200 theater and drama diplomas are granted every academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama programs in NM is about $18,300.

New York
Our listing contains 93 theater and drama schools and colleges in New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Troy, Rochester, Buffalo, Queens, and 53 other cities. Approximately 3,500 theater and drama degrees are granted every academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama programs in NY is roughly $29,200.

North Carolina
Detailed information about 41 theater and drama schools and colleges in Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Winston-Salem, Salisbury, and 26 other cities. Approximately 600 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded every academic year. Average tuition price for theater and drama degree programs in NC: $24,500.

North Dakota
Read about 5 theater and drama schools and colleges in Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, and Dickinson. Approximately 100 theater and drama diplomas are awarded each academic year. Average tuition price for theater and drama programs in ND is roughly $14,500.

Ohio
Read about 46 theater and drama schools and colleges in Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Springfield, Cincinnati, Alliance, Kent, and 34 other cities. Approximately 700 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded every year. Average tuition cost for theater and drama degree programs in OH: $22,300.

Oklahoma
Read information about 19 theater and drama schools and colleges in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Shawnee, Claremore, Stillwater, Norman, Edmond, and 11 other cities. Approximately 300 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded every year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama programs in OK is roughly $18,100.

Oregon
Learn more about 18 theater and drama schools and colleges in Portland, Corvallis, Newberg, La Grande, Forest Grove, Salem, Ashland, and 10 more cities. About 300 theater and drama diplomas are granted every academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama programs in OR is roughly $25,200.

Pennsylvania
Detailed information about 72 theater and drama schools and colleges in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Bethlehem, Allentown, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and 49 more cities. Around 1,000 theater and drama diplomas are granted each year. Average tuition for theater and drama degree programs in PA is approximately $32,000.

Puerto Rico
Learn about 6 theater and drama schools and colleges in San Juan, San German, Santurce, Ponce, and Mayaguez. About 100 theater and drama diplomas are awarded each academic year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama degree programs in PR - $4,700.

Rhode Island
We reviewed 7 theater and drama schools and colleges in Providence, Newport, Warwick, Kingston, and Bristol. About 100 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded every year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama degree programs in RI is around $32,900.

South Carolina
Our directory contains 20 theater and drama schools and colleges in Spartanburg, Greenville, Charleston, Columbia, Clinton, Orangeburg, Conway, and 11 more cities. Approximately 200 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are awarded every year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama programs in SC: $18,100.

South Dakota
Our directory contains 6 theater and drama schools and colleges in Mitchell, Vermillion, Brookings, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, and Yankton. Around 100 theater and drama diplomas are granted every academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama programs in SD: $11,100.

Tennessee
Detailed information about 29 theater and drama schools and colleges in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Johnson City, Murfreesboro, Henderson, Maryville, and 19 more cities. Around 400 theater and drama diplomas are awarded each academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama programs in TN - $22,300.

Texas
We list 81 theater and drama schools and colleges in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Abilene, Dallas, Denton, Big Spring, and 55 other cities. About 1,100 theater and drama degrees are awarded each academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama degree programs in TX: $21,100.

Utah
Learn more about 11 theater and drama schools and colleges in Salt Lake City, Logan, Orem, Ephraim, Saint George, Ogden, Cedar City, and Provo. Around 200 theater and drama diplomas are awarded every year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama degree programs in UT is about $14,900.

Vermont
Learn more about 9 theater and drama schools and colleges in Burlington, Castleton, Johnson, Middlebury, Colchester, Bennington, and Marlboro. About 200 theater and drama degrees are granted every academic year. Average tuition charges for theater and drama degree programs in VT - $40,600.

Virginia
Detailed information about 44 theater and drama schools and colleges in Lynchburg, Richmond, Norfolk, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Big Stone Gap, Farmville, and 30 more cities. Approximately 800 theater and drama diplomas are awarded each academic year. Average tuition price for theater and drama degree programs in VA - $24,200.

Washington
We list 16 theater and drama schools and colleges in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Ellensburg, Walla Walla, Lacey, Cheney, and 8 other cities. Approximately 300 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted every year. Average tuition price for theater and drama degree programs in WA is approximately $30,800.

West Virginia
Detailed information about 6 theater and drama schools and colleges in Elkins, Morgantown, Buckhannon, Fairmont, Bethany, and West Liberty. Around 100 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted each year. Average tuition for theater and drama programs in WV is about $21,800.

Wisconsin
We list 27 theater and drama schools and colleges in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, La Crosse, Kenosha, De Pere, Oshkosh, and 16 other cities. Around 400 theater and drama diplomas are awarded each academic year. Average tuition cost for theater and drama programs in WI is about $21,300.

Wyoming
Read information about 6 theater and drama schools and colleges in Powell, Rock Springs, Laramie, Riverton, Casper, and Sheridan. About 100 theater and drama diplomas and certificates are granted each academic year. Average tuition for theater and drama programs in WY is roughly $8,500.