Best Theater Colleges

The play’s the thing!

At least at these colleges it is.

According the The Princeton Reviewthe best college theater scenes aren’t on the Great White Way. Nope, the #1 best college theater is in Allentown, Pennsylvania. So if you’re thinking about majoring in theater arts, or you just happen to be patron of the stage and live theater, these are schools you should most definitely consider:

1. Muhlenberg College
Notable theater-related alumna:
 Michael McDonald, costume designer and 2009 Tony Award and Drama Desk nominee for Hair.

2. Drew University
Notable theater-related alumna: 
James Van Der Beek from Dawson’s Creek! (Apparently he didn’t graduate though…). Also, Aileen Quinn, who played Annie in the originally motion picture.

3. Bennington College
Notable theater-related alumni: Bennington is stacked with famous alumni including Alan Arkin, Anne Ramsey, Carol Channing,  Justin Theroux, Holland Taylor, and Peter Dinklage (from Game of Thrones!).

4. Yale University
Notable theater-related alumni: Just to name of few (there are so many) alumni, there is Patricia Clarkson, Paul Giamatti, Elia Kazan, Paul Newman (graduate school), Liev Schreiber, and THE Meryl Streep.

5. Wagner College 
Notable theater-related alumna: Molly Burnett, star of Days of Our Lives.

6. Emerson College 
Notable theater-related alumna: Jay Leno and Denis Leary.

7. Northwestern University
Notable theater-related alumni: Ann Margret, Warren Beatty, Zach Braff, Stephen Colbert, Cloris Leachman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Seth Meyers…and there’s a lot more where that came from.

8. Carnegie Mellon University
Notable theater-related alumni:  Holly Hunter, Ted Danson, and Ethan Hawke.

9. Indiana University – Bloomington
Notable theater-related alumni:  Screenwriter and Emmy Award winner, Elliot Baker, Sarah Clarke, aka Bella Swan’s mother, and Andrew Katsulas, aka the One Armed Man in The Fugitive.

10. SUNY at Purchase College
Notable theater-related alumni: Parker Posey, Susie Essman, Zoe Kravitz, And Josh Hartnett.

11. Brown University
Notable theater-related alumni: Laura Linney, John Krasinski, and Emma Watson also had a stint at Brown.

12. Knox College
Notable theater-related alumna: Vir Das, the famous Bollywood actor.

13. Kenyon College
Notable theater-related alumni: Allison Janney, Paul Newman, and Josh Radnor.

14. Brooklyn College CUNY
Notable theater-related alumni:James Franco and Jimmy Smits.

15. Elon University
Notable theater-related alumni:Lisa Goldstein from One Tree Hill, and stand up comic Mike Trainor.