Universities: Teaching Theater as a Profession

Just as they graduate accountants, doctors, mathematicians and lawyers, U.S. universities are now turning out working professionals for the theater.

In the process, they are providing the plant resources, talent, and even the theatergoing community to sustain a revived regional repertory theater. In turn, the multiplying regional theaters — 25 at last count — are creating an expanding job market for drama school graduates.

Except for Yale and Carnegie Tech, universities until a decade or so ago left the training of theater professionals to such hard-knocks schools as Broadway or summer stock. Drama...

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