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

American Academy of Dramatic Arts-Los Angeles

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private not for profit; $36,480 average out-state tuition; $36,480 average in-state tuition

New York Film Academy

Four or more years; Private for profit; $32,384 average out-state tuition; $32,384 average in-state tuition

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $35,350 average out-state tuition; $35,350 average in-state tuition

American Academy of Dramatic Arts-New York

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private not for profit; $36,480 average out-state tuition; $36,480 average in-state tuition

University of Southern California

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $60,446 average out-state tuition; $60,446 average in-state tuition

Temple University

Four or more years; Public; $29,712 average out-state tuition; $16,488 average in-state tuition

Pace University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $46,978 average out-state tuition; $46,978 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Acting Majors

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Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

$34,000 Varies See Details
 

Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

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$34,000

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Theatre Scholarship - Maryville College

Maryville College

Up to $26,000 March 01, 2025 See Details
 

Theatre Scholarship - Maryville College

Maryville College

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Up to $26,000

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March 01, 2025
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Nancy Shaw McKee Scholarship

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences

Up to $22,030 Varies See Details
 

Nancy Shaw McKee Scholarship

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences

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Up to $22,030

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Arts and Music Scholarship - Rhodes College

Rhodes College

Up to $12,500 February 15, 2025 See Details
 

Arts and Music Scholarship - Rhodes College

Rhodes College

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Up to $12,500

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February 15, 2025
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Nordan Fine Arts Program Award - Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

Nordan Fine Arts Program Award - Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

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$10,000

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MFA Provost's Graduate Fellowship

University of Central Florida

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

MFA Provost's Graduate Fellowship

University of Central Florida

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$10,000

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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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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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Theater Scholarship - SJU

Saint John's University

Up to $6,000 January 15, 2025 See Details
 

Theater Scholarship - SJU

Saint John's University

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Up to $6,000

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January 15, 2025
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Forever Miss America Scholarship

Miss America Pageant

$5,000 Varies See Details
 

Forever Miss America Scholarship

Miss America Pageant

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$5,000

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