Following are the top colleges and schools for theatre programs:

Florida State University - Florida State has one of the top-tier theatre training programs in the nation. The School of Theatre provides its students with a wide variety of theatrical and educational opportunities. Alumni of the School include Academy Award-winner Alan Ball, Broadway star Davis Gaines, Emmy award-winner John Papsidera, Broadway producers Dan Markley and Darren Bagert, etc.

Muhlenberg College - The Princeton Review has ranked Muhlenberg's theatre program No. 1 in the country, in the 2011 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 376 Colleges. Muhlenberg College is accredited by the Middle States Commission in Higher Education, a division of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Northwestern College - It has one of the best Christian college theatre programs in the country. Northwestern's theatre faculty is an ensemble of professional actors, directors, designers and playwrights. Northwestern is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nazareth College - The Theatre Arts Department offers several undergraduate programs of study, including a variety of tracks of focused study. Nazareth College ranked the 10th Best College Theatre according to the Princeton Review's 2010 Best 373 Colleges.

Illinois State University - The School of Theatre offers conservatory-level training within the context of a liberal arts education. It provides pre-professional training to dedicated young actors, dancers, designers and educators. Illinois State is also one of the leading schools in producing Theatre teachers.

* Suggested Reading: Top Drama & Dance Schools

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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