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.

School of Drama Performances
Professional caliber performances by the next generation of actors and directors
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
UNCSA's 'Side Show' offers magnificent songs and spectacle

UNC School of the Arts opened its production of “Side Show” Tuesday night with a stylish and affecting presentation that leaves one scratching one’s head about what happened in New York. The music, the touching story and the opportunities for strong performances suggest that it should have made it big.


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UNCSA's 'Side Show' tells the human story of conjoined twin sisters

“Side Show,” an intriguingly different musical-theater story, opens Tuesday night in the Freedman Theatre at UNC School of the Arts.

The musical, based on the true story of conjoined twins who became vaudeville singing sensations, has music by Henry Kreiger and book and lyrics by Bill Russell.

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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.


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.