Want to travel without interrupting your training? Here are some less traditional options for performing arts study-abroad programs:
The Gaiety School of Acting—The National Theatre School of Ireland, Dublin
Boasting alumni such as Colin Farrell and Olivia Wilde, the Gaiety School of Acting offers programs for students looking to hone their acting skills while immersing themselves in the beautiful scenery and rich history of the area and using downtime for anything from popping into the local pub to exploring a castle. The fall 2014 deadline is April 1, 2014.
National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kensington, Sydney
Best known for its acting program, the university down under offers programs specializing in theater, film, and television. The Acting and Music Theatre streams provide students with an opportunity to work with mentors as well as develop auditioning and screen testing techniques. The application deadline is eight weeks before the start of the semester.
3. Czech Republic
Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), Prague
Programs are taught in English by an FAMU instructor, with shorter programs tailored to the partnering organization; all programs include a focus on filmmaking or writing. History buffs will have plenty of sights to take in, including parks and gardens founded as far back as the Middle Ages. Full semester and summer workshop programs are available; application deadlines vary.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
Want to attend the same school as Alan Cumming? Pull out your bagpipes and head over to Glasgow. The program offers exposure to the best fine arts companies in Scotland, including the Scottish Opera; Scottish Ballet; National Theatre of Scotland; and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. The minimum program length is four months. Applications are accepted after the deadline.
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
A tried-and-true standard in Shakespearean study, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art was founded in 1904. Students live in London and can enhance their training with exposure to the West End. Applications are not currently being accepted but will be available for the fall 2014 term.
6. New Zealand
Toi Whakaari, Newtown, Wellington
Visit beaches, native forests, wildlife sanctuaries, vineyards, and olive groves only kilometers from Wellington while studying acting, directing, or other performing arts specialties. The school focuses on three “strands”: craft, learning, and Rongo (Maori for “listening”). Application deadlines vary.
Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, Surrey
The highly rated university offers one-year acting and musical theater programs in which students learn multiple acting methods and perform in front of agents who attend the school productions. There are summer deadlines for September programs.
Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, British Columbia
If you’re not quite ready to go across an ocean and are interested in film, Vancouver offers a study-abroad option that’s slightly closer to home. Sharpen your film skills while taking in the Canadian Rockies. Program offerings focus mainly on design or film-related studies. Programs run 4–12 months; application deadlines vary.
9. South Africa
University of Cape Town, Cape Town
Although University of Cape Town is not an acting school, its Drama Department, which produced actors such as Embeth Davidtz and Richard E. Grant, offers adventure-seeking actors a chance to train while exploring another country. The application deadline for the spring semester is Oct. 1.