School of Drama - UNCSA

School of Drama

School of Drama

For 50 years, the School of Drama at UNCSA has produced some of the most captivating, versatile and successful actors in theatre, film and television. We are ranked among the top drama schools in America, and the only one located outside of a major metropolitan area. What you get at UNCSA is rigorous conservatory training grounded in classical values and offering technical skills that shape today’s in-demand actor. You will perform constantly in both small workshops and major productions and learn directly from outstanding full-time faculty and acclaimed guest artists, including award-winning UNCSA alumni.

School of Drama Performances
Professional caliber performances by the next generation of actors and directors
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Undergraduate Drama Program in the World
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BFA Acting Program
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Mainstage Plays in 2015-2016
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28 First Year Students Out Of 520 Applicants
Welcome from Carl Forsman, Dean of Drama
 Carl Forsman, Dean of Drama

The theater is a rare place in our culture, where we come together to listen, question, and celebrate. In an increasingly disjointed world, we believe the theater remains a place of the greatest cultural and civic importance. The School of Drama teaches young actors and directors the skills required to join an industry full of dreamers who believe, as we do, that our stories define and shape us. We seek to nurture the creative impulse, engage the imagination, and instill the discipline required to join this demanding and rewarding profession.

Latest Headlines
Review of 'The Humans', directed by UNCSA alum Joe Mantello

The New York Times reviews the play "The Humans", directed by alum Joe Mantello. The play is "directed with consumate skill" and "depicts the way we live now with a precision and compassion unmatched by any play I’ve seen in recent years."

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In ‘Dear Mr. You,’ Mary-Louise Parker Writes to Men, With Lust and Rue

Alumna Mary-Louise Parker's memoir 'Dear Mr. You' thanks the men that shaped her life and career, including UNCSA movement teacher, Bob Francesconi. Read the review in the New York Times.

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Recent graduate Megan West makes her Off-Broadway debut in 'A Month In The Country' with Taylor Schilling and Peter Dinklage

UNCSA Drama alum Megan West plays Vera, a "rival" of sorts to Schilling's Natalya, in Ivan Turgenev’s melancholy comedy of romantic misalliances and infatuations.

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'The Rebel Director, Sincere and Hopeful': Read Dean Carl Forsman's interview with The New York Times

Forsman talks about the Keen Company (the Off Broadway theater he founded), optimism and more in this interview with The New York Times. 

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Industry Connections

Our graduates appear on stage, in films and television, and work with talent agencies across the country. Here are just a few.

Alumni Stories
The School of Drama's excellence in training is best embodied in the successes of our alumni.