Acting

Acting is an activity in which a story is told by means of its enactment by an actor or actress who adopts a character—in theatre, television, film, radio, or any other medium that makes use of the mimetic mode.

Acting involves a broad range of skills, including a well-developed imagination, emotional facility, physical expressivity, vocal projection, clarity of speech, and the ability to interpret drama. Acting also demands an ability to employ dialects, accents, improvisation, observation and emulation, mime, and stage combat. Many actors train at length in specialist programmes or colleges to develop these skills. The vast majority of professional actors have undergone extensive training. Actors and actresses will often have many instructors and teachers for a full range of training involving singing, scene-work, audition techniques, and acting for camera.

Most early sources in the West that examine the art of acting (Greek: ὑπόκρισις, hypokrisis) discuss it as part of rhetoric.

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Matching Acting Colleges

New York Film Academy
Four or more years; Private for profit; $25,592 average out-state tuition; $25,592 average in-state tuition
New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $32,100 average out-state tuition; $32,100 average in-state tuition
American Academy of Dramatic Arts-New York
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private not for profit; $33,420 average out-state tuition; $33,420 average in-state tuition
Marymount Manhattan College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $30,458 average out-state tuition; $30,458 average in-state tuition
Temple University
Four or more years; Public; $27,528 average out-state tuition; $15,768 average in-state tuition
Columbia College Chicago
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $25,580 average out-state tuition; $25,580 average in-state tuition
Pace University-New York
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $42,354 average out-state tuition; $42,354 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Acting Majors

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Minority Theatre Scholarship - WMU

Western Michigan University

$8,000 Varies See Details

Minority Theatre Scholarship - WMU

Western Michigan University

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$8,000

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Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

$6,500 Varies See Details

Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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$6,500

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Diether H. Haenicke British Isles Theatre Scholarship

Western Michigan University

$6,000 Varies See Details

Diether H. Haenicke British Isles Theatre Scholarship

Western Michigan University

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$6,000

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Center for the Performing Arts Scholarship

University of Mobile

Up to $6,000 Varies See Details

Center for the Performing Arts Scholarship

University of Mobile

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Up to $6,000

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Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship - University of Evansville

University of Evansville

Up to $15,000 Varies See Details

Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship - University of Evansville

University of Evansville

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Up to $15,000

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Creative Arts Scholarship - Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College

Up to $5,000 Varies See Details

Creative Arts Scholarship - Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College

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Up to $5,000

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Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship

Grand Valley State University

Up to $15,000 March 01, 2020 See Details

Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship

Grand Valley State University

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Up to $15,000

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March 01, 2020
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Judith Katz Memorial Theatre Scholarship

Augustana College

Up to $4,000 Varies See Details

Judith Katz Memorial Theatre Scholarship

Augustana College

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Up to $4,000

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Dorothy Guthrie Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

$4,000 Varies See Details

Dorothy Guthrie Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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$4,000

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Adelphi University Talent Award

Adelphi University

Up to $9,500 Varies See Details

Adelphi University Talent Award

Adelphi University

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Up to $9,500

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