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.

Drama News
Learn more about the UNCSA School of Drama through these features and news stories.
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 alums featured in Amazon pilot season

Alumni of UNC School of the Arts are prominently featured in two of the pilots in the latest Amazon pilot season.

In each pilot season, viewers are encouraged to watch shows being considered for Amazon’s streaming video service and rate the shows on a scale from “Excellent” to “Poor.” Shows that get good enough ratings may come back for full seasons.


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UNCSA's 'Duchess' provides an emotional and tragic feat

If “The Duchess of Malfi” is any example, emotions ran high in the English theaters of the early 1600s. Playwright John Webster had the big hit of 1613 with the perilous tale of a powerful Duchess who falls afoul of her brothers by making her own decisions.

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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.


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.