Acting and Performing Schools in The Midwest - 2018 Ranking

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We list 80 schools offering acting and performing arts majors in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Theatre-Schools.com team ranks Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), University of Michigan Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI), and Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) the top three acting and performing schools in the Midwest.

See the best 50 acting and performing schools in the Midwest below or narrow your search by program, state, or city in the Midwest. You might also want to check out the fresh ranking of the top film schools in the Midwest.


Top 50 acting & performing schools in the Midwest:

Northwestern University - Theatre School Ranking
1. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL, 4 acting & performing programs

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Theatre School Ranking
2. University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI, 1 acting & performing program

Purdue University - Theatre School Ranking
3. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN, 1 acting & performing program

DePaul University - Theatre School Ranking
4. DePaul University

Chicago, IL, 2 acting & performing programs

Indiana University Bloomington - Theatre School Ranking
5. Indiana University Bloomington

Bloomington, IN, 1 acting & performing program

Ohio University - Theatre School Ranking
6. Ohio University

Athens, OH, 3 acting & performing programs

Iowa State University - Theatre School Ranking
7. Iowa State University

Ames, IA, 2 acting & performing programs

Bradley University - Theatre School Ranking
8. Bradley University

Peoria, IL, 2 acting & performing programs

Central Michigan University - Theatre School Ranking
9. Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI, 3 acting & performing programs

Webster University - Theatre School Ranking
10. Webster University

Saint Louis, MO, 2 acting & performing programs

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis - Theatre School Ranking
11. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN, 2 acting & performing programs

School of The Art Institute of Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
12. School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, IL, 2 acting & performing programs

University of Northern Iowa - Theatre School Ranking
13. University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA, 2 acting & performing programs

Viterbo University - Theatre School Ranking
14. Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI, 2 acting & performing programs

University of Illinois at Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
15. University of Illinois

Chicago, IL, 1 acting & performing program

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - Theatre School Ranking
16. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI, 1 acting & performing program

Roosevelt University - Theatre School Ranking
17. Roosevelt University

Chicago, IL, 3 acting & performing programs

Wichita State University - Theatre School Ranking
18. Wichita State University

Wichita, KS, 2 acting & performing programs

Kent State University at Kent - Theatre School Ranking
19. Kent State University

Kent, OH, 1 acting & performing program

Stephens College - Theatre School Ranking
20. Stephens College

Columbia, MO, 3 acting & performing programs

Missouri State University Springfield - Theatre School Ranking
21. Missouri State University Springfield

Springfield, MO, 1 acting & performing program

Lindenwood University - Theatre School Ranking
22. Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO, 2 acting & performing programs

Columbus College of Art and Design - Theatre School Ranking
23. Columbus College of Art and Design

Columbus, OH, 1 acting & performing program

Columbia College Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
24. Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL, 2 acting & performing programs

St Catherine University - Theatre School Ranking
25. St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN, 1 acting & performing program

Michigan Technological University - Theatre School Ranking
26. Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI, 2 acting & performing programs

Otterbein University - Theatre School Ranking
27. Otterbein University

Westerville, OH, 1 acting & performing program

Andrews University - Theatre School Ranking
28. Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI, 1 acting & performing program

Western Michigan University - Theatre School Ranking
29. Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI, 4 acting & performing programs

Oakland University - Theatre School Ranking
30. Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI, 4 acting & performing programs

Baldwin Wallace University - Theatre School Ranking
31. Baldwin Wallace University

Berea, OH, 2 acting & performing programs

North Central College - Theatre School Ranking
32. North Central College

Naperville, IL, 2 acting & performing programs

Illinois Wesleyan University - Theatre School Ranking
33. Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL, 4 acting & performing programs

Grace College and Theological Seminary - Theatre School Ranking
34. Grace College and Theological Seminary

Winona Lake, IN, 1 acting & performing program

Wright State University - Theatre School Ranking
35. Wright State University

Dayton, OH, 1 acting & performing program

Nebraska Wesleyan University - Theatre School Ranking
36. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, NE, 3 acting & performing programs

University of North Dakota - Theatre School Ranking
37. University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND, 1 acting & performing program

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Theatre School Ranking
38. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Winona, MN, 1 acting & performing program

South Dakota State University - Theatre School Ranking
39. South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD, 2 acting & performing programs

Concordia College at Moorhead - Theatre School Ranking
40. Concordia College

Moorhead, MN, 2 acting & performing programs

Park University - Theatre School Ranking
41. Park University

Parkville, MO, 1 acting & performing program

College of The Ozarks - Theatre School Ranking
42. College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO, 1 acting & performing program

Southeast Missouri State University - Theatre School Ranking
43. Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO, 1 acting & performing program

Creighton University - Theatre School Ranking
44. Creighton University

Omaha, NE, 2 acting & performing programs

University of St Francis - Theatre School Ranking
45. University of St Francis

Joliet, IL, 2 acting & performing programs

Augsburg College - Theatre School Ranking
46. Augsburg College

Minneapolis, MN, 2 acting & performing programs

Clarke University - Theatre School Ranking
47. Clarke University

Dubuque, IA, 1 acting & performing program

William Jewell College - Theatre School Ranking
48. William Jewell College

Liberty, MO, 2 acting & performing programs

Southwestern College Winfield - Theatre School Ranking
49. Southwestern College Winfield

Winfield, KS, 1 acting & performing program

Dordt College - Theatre School Ranking
50. Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA, 1 acting & performing program

Acting schools in the Midwest by state:

Schools by State13 Acting and Performing Schools in Illinois4 Acting and Performing Schools in Indiana6 Acting and Performing Schools in Iowa8 Acting and Performing Schools in Kansas14 Acting and Performing Schools in Michigan4 Acting and Performing Schools in Minnesota10 Acting and Performing Schools in Missouri2 Acting and Performing Schools in Nebraska1 Acting and Performing Schools in North Dakota12 Acting and Performing Schools in Ohio1 Acting and Performing Schools in South Dakota5 Acting and Performing Schools in Wisconsin

Acting & performing schools in other regions:

Northeast: 108 schools
South: 128 schools
West: 119 schools

Popular theatre school cities in the Midwest:

in Illinois:
Bloomington: 1 school
Carbondale: 1 school
Champaign: 2 schools
Chicago: 10 schools
Decatur: 1 school
Dekalb: 1 school
Evanston: 1 school
Macomb: 1 school
Naperville: 1 school
Normal: 1 school
in Indiana:
Bloomington: 1 school
Evansville: 2 schools
Indianapolis: 3 schools
Muncie: 1 school
Notre Dame: 2 schools
West Lafayette: 1 school
in Iowa:
Ames: 1 school
Cedar Falls: 1 school
Des Moines: 2 schools
Dubuque: 3 schools
Iowa City: 1 school
in Kansas:
El Dorado: 1 school
Lawrence: 2 schools
Manhattan: 1 school
Wichita: 2 schools
in Michigan:
Ann Arbor: 2 schools
Detroit: 3 schools
East Lansing: 1 school
Flint: 2 schools
Kalamazoo: 2 schools
Mount Pleasant: 1 school
Rochester Hills: 2 schools
Troy: 1 school
Ypsilanti: 1 school
in Minnesota:
Brooklyn Park: 2 schools
Duluth: 1 school
Mankato: 2 schools
Minneapolis: 4 schools
Moorhead: 2 schools
Northfield: 2 schools
Saint Cloud: 2 schools
Saint Paul: 8 schools
Winona: 2 schools
in Missouri:
Cape Girardeau: 1 school
Columbia: 2 schools
Kansas City: 3 schools
Kirksville: 1 school
Saint Charles: 1 school
Saint Louis: 7 schools
Springfield: 3 schools
Warrensburg: 1 school
in Nebraska:
Lincoln: 2 schools
Omaha: 3 schools
in Ohio:
Akron: 1 school
Athens: 1 school
Berea: 1 school
Bowling Green: 1 school
Cincinnati: 2 schools
Cleveland: 3 schools
Columbus: 4 schools
Dayton: 3 schools
Gambier: 1 school
Kent: 1 school
Oberlin: 1 school
Oxford: 1 school
in South Dakota:
Vermillion: 1 school
in Wisconsin:
Appleton: 1 school
Green Bay: 2 schools
Kenosha: 2 schools
La Crosse: 2 schools
Madison: 2 schools
Menomonie: 1 school
Milwaukee: 5 schools
Stevens Point: 1 school
Whitewater: 1 school
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