Actor Training in Anglophone Countries offers a firsthand account of the most significant acting programs in English-speaking countries throughout the world. The culmination of archival research and fieldwork spanning six years, it is the only work of its kind that studies the history of actor training from an international perspective. It presents the current moment as crucial for student actors and those who teach them. As the profession continues to change, new and progressive approaches to training have become as urgent as they are necessary.

Using drama schools and universities as its subjects of inquiry, this book investigates acting programs in the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Among the case studies are the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, National Theatre School of Canada, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and Carnegie Mellon University. All recognized for their distinguished reputations by industry professionals and acting teachers alike, the book examines each program’s pedagogical approach, administrative structure, funding apparatus, and alumni success. In doing so, it identifies the challenges facing acting schools today and offers a new direction for training in the twenty-first century.

Actor Training in Anglophone Countries will be of interest to theatre and performance scholars, artists, students, and teachers.

chapter 1|16 pages

The state of actor training today

An introduction

chapter 2|45 pages

The paternal model

Training in the UK and Ireland

chapter 3|65 pages

The commodified model

Training in the US and Canada

chapter 4|52 pages

The postcolonial model

Training in Australia and New Zealand

chapter 5|20 pages

Back to the future

Toward a diverse, equitable, and inclusive model