NEW YORK - OnStage has named Pace University’s School of Performing Arts the “Best Theatre College” in New York for 2017. The rankings include one school from each state for the theater news outlet’s first-ever ranking of college programs.
“This recognition is a testament to Pace University's deep and expanding commitment to the arts,” said Jorge Cacheiro, executive director of Pace University’s School of Performing Arts. “It's an exciting place to be right now.”
In its inaugural assessment of graduate and undergraduate theater programs, OnStage examined every accredited college program that offers acting, directing, musical theater, design and more. Ranking criteria included tuition, facilities, academic rigor, performing opportunities, career support and location.
Pace officially unveiled its School of Performing Arts in May 2014, becoming New York City’s first performing arts school in nearly 50 years. Courses are currently offered in the school's 50,000 square foot building at 140 William Street in downtown Manhattan. The seven-story, state-of-the-art building hosts acting, movement and dance studios; a sound stage and screening room; costume and design shops; a digital design lab; and multiple performance spaces.
OnStage noted that in September 2014 the School of Performing Arts introduced three new progressive performing arts majors geared specifically to today’s job market. One of the majors, a BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials, is the first undergraduate program in the US focused entirely on training the actor for work in front of the camera and microphone.
OnStage’s selection of Pace's School of Performing Arts is the latest recognition for an institution ranked among the most sought after in the nation. The Hollywood Reporter ranked the school one of the 25 best undergraduate programs in the world the last two years in a row. Additionally, Pace is home to Bravo’s award-winning 'Inside The Actors Studio' program, which is hosted by James Lipton and taped in the school's Schimmel Center.
OnStage's mission is to cover theater in various sizes and locations. The Connecticut-based outlet is the most active theater-related page on Facebook, with a weekly audience of more than two million readers.
To view the OnStage list of best theater schools for each state, click here.