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 best drama schools in America. 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.

Undergraduate Drama Program in the World
BFA Acting Program
Student to Faculty Ratio
Mainstage Plays in 2016-2017
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
Miller's 'After the Fall' is a play full of piercing questions

The central character of Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall” is a middle-aged man with two divorces behind him, a new relationship pending, and a host of questions to ask.

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UNCSA's 'Pericles' celebrates the moral man at its center

UNC School of the Arts opened its primarily senior-class production Thursday night to a packed Patrons Theatre, rewarding the audience with an active and ultimately moving rendition of this wide-ranging tale.

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UNCSA alumna joins cast of TV Land's 'Soul Man' sitcom

Missi Pyle, an alumna of UNC School of the Arts, has joined the cast of the TV Land sitcom “The Soul Man” starring Cedric the Entertainer. In the new season, Cedric’s character, Rev. Boyce Ballantine, is running for mayor, and Pyle is playing his no-nonsense campaign manager.


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.
Drama News
Learn more about the UNCSA School of Drama through these features and news stories.
School of Drama Performances
Professional caliber performances by the next generation of actors and directors