Choosing The Best Performing Arts Programs: Circle in the Square

Have you heard of the Circle in the Square? The school has ties to the Circle in the Square Theatre, which is located in Manhattan, New York (USA). Circle in the Square is a not-for-profit theater school. It’s also the only accredited school with a direct relationship to a Broadway theater.

The Circle in the Square Theatre School was launched in 1961. That’s the year that Theodore Mann founded it. Mann is a both the producer and director of the school, and was the co-founder of the Circle in the Square Theatre. Interestingly, people often attribute the theater’s creation in 1951, to the birth of off-Broadway theatre. Since Mann founded the school, it has grown from 15 students, to approximately 200 pupils. The Circle in the Square has been located at Paramount Plaza, since 1971.

Here are some of the key features of the theatre school:

1. Alumni
The Circle in the Square program has produced several notable alumni, including:

Kevin Bacon: Footloose (1984), JFK (1991), A Few Good Men (1992), Mystic River (2003)

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Scent of a Woman (1992), Boogie Nights(1997), Magnolia(1999), Capote(2005), Charlie Wilson’s War(2007), Doubt (2008)

Benicio del Toro: The Usual Suspects (1995), Traffic (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Che (2008)

2. Tradition
The Circle of the Square has existed since 1961. With a history spanning about five decades, the school is perfect for students looking for a well-established theatre school. It’s what makes the Circle of the Square School a better option than other theatre schools that have been in existence for years rather than decades. Like the Circle of the Square Theatre, the school’s tradition makes it one of the premiere schools throughout the United States.

3. Uniqueness
While there are several Broadway theatres in New York City, the Circle in the Square Theatre School is the only accredited school that’s linked to one. That makes it unique from all other performing arts schools located in New York City. While other theatres may share some characteristics with Circle in the Square, this single feature sets it apart from the competition.

4. Convenience
The Circle in the Square Theatre School offers a two-year program in Professional Acting Workshop. The length of the program is perfect for those who want to receive a quality acting education, without spending four years to earn a bachelor’s degree. It’s also ideal for those who want to supplement a bachelor’s degree that they’ve already earned.

5. Curriculum
Yet another feature of the school is that it provides a quality, balanced curriculum. Students must take classes ranging from Acting Technique to Dance for Actors, and from Physical Acting to Shakespearean Scene Study. Such classes ensure that students of the school receive a complete, balanced education in theatre and acting. Students can also attend seminars with various professionals in the industry, including actors, directors, and playwrights.

If you want to choose well-rounded (pun intended) performing arts school, then consider the Circle in the Square. It’s definitely one of the oldest and most respected acting schools in the entire USA.

Alison covers the entertainment industry for working and aspiring actors and comedians in Los Angeles, Ca. From her home just minutes from the Hollywood Sign, Alison follows entertainment and industry news.

Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is Atlanta’s premier venue for the visual and performing arts. It sets the standard for the arts in Atlanta and the Southeast. Located in midtown Atlanta, the Woodruff Arts Center includes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre, the High Museum of Art, the 14th Street Theatre, and Young Audiences.

The Atlanta Symphony is one of the South’s leading orchestras. Under the musical direction of Robert Spano, the orchestra performs more than 200 concerts every year. Subscription series include Classical, Pops, Family, Holiday, and a Summer Concert series at Verizon Amphitheater. The Atlanta Symphony also has a Youth Orchestra and a talent development program for musically gifted Latino and African American students.

The Alliance Theatre is an award winning professional resident theatre. There are four or five productions on the main Alliance Stage each season as well as a holiday show, children’s show, and several productions on the smaller Hertz Stage. The Alliance Theatre helps launch the careers of young playwrights through the National Graduate Playwright Competition. The theatre provides a premier during the regular season for each year’s winner.

The High Museum of Art is one of the Southeast’s leading art museums. Its extensive permanent collection includes American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, European art, decorative arts, African art, photography, and contemporary and modern art. The High Museum showcases special exhibitions each year, and has partnered with some of the world’s finest art museums to bring exhibitions to Atlanta. Past collaborations have included partnerships with The British Museum, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and a three year collaboration with the Louvre. The High Museum of Art is located adjacent to the Woodruff Arts Center. The High is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am-5pm, Thursdays from 10am-8pm, and Sundays from noon-5pm. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $11 for ages 6-17.

The 14th Street Playhouse is located a few blocks from the main Woodruff Arts Center campus at 173 14th Street NE. The three theatre complex consists of a main stage and two smaller venues. The venues are intimate, with good views from every seat. Parking for the playhouse is available at the Lanier Parking deck and across the street at Colony Square.

Young Audiences is part of the National Young Audiences organization and is Georgia’s leading provider of arts-in-education programs. It provides live arts programming for students from preschool to high school. Its programs include workshops and residencies in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and literary arts.

The Woodruff Arts Center is located at 1280 Pe