Theatre Schools in The West - 2017 Ranking

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In 2017, we have evaluated theatre 279 schools offering majors in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Our team ranks University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), University of California San Diego (La Jolla, CA), and University of California Irvine (Irvine, CA) the best three theatre schools in the West.

See the Best 50 Theatre schools in the West below or narrow your search by program, state, or city in the West.


Top 50 theatre schools in the West:

University of Southern California - Theatre School Ranking
1. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, 15 theatre programs

University of California San Diego - Theatre School Ranking
2. University of California San Diego

La Jolla, CA, 11 theatre programs

University of California Irvine - Theatre School Ranking
3. University of California Irvine

Irvine, CA, 5 theatre programs

Arizona State University Tempe - Theatre School Ranking
4. Arizona State University Tempe

Tempe, AZ, 5 theatre programs

California Institute of The Arts - Theatre School Ranking
5. California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA, 16 theatre programs

University of Washington Seattle - Theatre School Ranking
6. University of Washington Seattle

Seattle, WA, 26 theatre programs

Chapman University - Theatre School Ranking
7. Chapman University

Orange, CA, 5 theatre programs

University of California Los Angeles - Theatre School Ranking
8. University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, 3 theatre programs

California State University Long Beach - Theatre School Ranking
9. California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, CA, 4 theatre programs

California State University Northridge - Theatre School Ranking
10. California State University Northridge

Northridge, CA, 4 theatre programs

California State University Fullerton - Theatre School Ranking
11. California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, CA, 4 theatre programs

American Conservatory Theater - Theatre School Ranking
12. American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, CA, 3 theatre programs

University of California Berkeley - Theatre School Ranking
13. University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, 3 theatre programs

San Diego State University - Theatre School Ranking
14. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA, 3 theatre programs

University of California Davis - Theatre School Ranking
15. University of California Davis

Davis, CA, 5 theatre programs

University of California Santa Barbara - Theatre School Ranking
16. University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA, 4 theatre programs

University of Colorado Boulder - Theatre School Ranking
17. University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO, 4 theatre programs

University of California Riverside - Theatre School Ranking
18. University of California Riverside

Riverside, CA, 3 theatre programs

California State University Los Angeles - Theatre School Ranking
19. California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, 4 theatre programs

Pepperdine University - Theatre School Ranking
20. Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA, 6 theatre programs

University of Oregon - Theatre School Ranking
21. University of Oregon

Eugene, OR, 4 theatre programs

University of Utah - Theatre School Ranking
22. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT, 4 theatre programs

University of Hawaii at Manoa - Theatre School Ranking
23. University of Hawaii

Honolulu, HI, 3 theatre programs

New York Film Academy - Theatre School Ranking
24. New York Film Academy

Burbank, CA, 4 theatre programs

Loyola Marymount University - Theatre School Ranking
25. Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, 5 theatre programs

University of Northern Colorado - Theatre School Ranking
26. University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO, 4 theatre programs

Brigham Young University Provo - Theatre School Ranking
27. Brigham Young University Provo

Provo, UT, 6 theatre programs

American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles - Theatre School Ranking
28. American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, 2 theatre programs

University of California Santa Cruz - Theatre School Ranking
29. University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA, 4 theatre programs

University of Arizona - Theatre School Ranking
30. University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, 4 theatre programs

New Mexico State University - Theatre School Ranking
31. New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM, 3 theatre programs

University of New Mexico - Theatre School Ranking
32. University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM, 5 theatre programs

The University of Montana - Theatre School Ranking
33. The University of Montana

Missoula, MT, 5 theatre programs

San Francisco State University - Theatre School Ranking
34. San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA, 3 theatre programs

Otis College of Art and Design - Theatre School Ranking
35. Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA, 1 theatre program

San Jose State University - Theatre School Ranking
36. San Jose State University

San Jose, CA, 4 theatre programs

Humboldt State University - Theatre School Ranking
37. Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA, 4 theatre programs

Grand Canyon University - Theatre School Ranking
38. Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ, 3 theatre programs

University of Nevada Las Vegas - Theatre School Ranking
39. University of Nevada Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV, 4 theatre programs

University of Idaho - Theatre School Ranking
40. University of Idaho

Moscow, ID, 6 theatre programs

Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre - Theatre School Ranking
California State University Sacramento - Theatre School Ranking
42. California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, CA, 3 theatre programs

California State University Fresno - Theatre School Ranking
43. California State University Fresno

Fresno, CA, 2 theatre programs

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo - Theatre School Ranking
Santa Clara University - Theatre School Ranking
45. Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA, 2 theatre programs

University of San Diego - Theatre School Ranking
46. University of San Diego

San Diego, CA, 3 theatre programs

California State University Chico - Theatre School Ranking
47. California State University Chico

Chico, CA, 4 theatre programs

University of San Francisco - Theatre School Ranking
48. University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, 2 theatre programs

University of Wyoming - Theatre School Ranking
49. University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY, 2 theatre programs

Utah State University - Theatre School Ranking
50. Utah State University

Logan, UT, 2 theatre programs

Theatre schools in the West by state:

Schools by State21 Theatre Schools in Arizona162 Theatre Schools in California15 Theatre Schools in Colorado7 Theatre Schools in Idaho5 Theatre Schools in Montana3 Theatre Schools in Nevada11 Theatre Schools in New Mexico18 Theatre Schools in Oregon11 Theatre Schools in Utah16 Theatre Schools in Washington6 Theatre Schools in Wyoming

Theatre programs in the West:

General Drama: 221 schools
Acting and Performing: 119 schools
Screenwriting and Playwriting: 17 schools
Design and Technology: 74 schools
Management and Directing: 9 schools

Theatre schools in other regions:

Northeast: 277 schools
Midwest: 334 schools
South: 426 schools

Popular theatre school cities in the West:

in Arizona:
Flagstaff: 2 schools
Phoenix: 5 schools
Scottsdale: 1 school
Tempe: 2 schools
Tucson: 2 schools
in California:
Arcata: 1 school
Azusa: 1 school
Berkeley: 2 schools
Blue Lake: 1 school
Burbank: 1 school
Camarillo: 1 school
Costa Mesa: 2 schools
Cypress: 1 school
Davis: 1 school
El Cajon: 1 school
Fresno: 3 schools
Fullerton: 2 schools
Glendora: 1 school
Hollywood: 1 school
Huntington Beach: 1 school
Irvine: 3 schools
La Jolla: 2 schools
Long Beach: 2 schools
Los Angeles: 12 schools
Malibu: 1 school
Mission Viejo: 1 school
Modesto: 1 school
Moorpark: 1 school
Northridge: 1 school
Orange: 1 school
Riverside: 3 schools
Rocklin: 2 schools
Rohnert Park: 1 school
Sacramento: 4 schools
San Diego: 7 schools
San Francisco: 5 schools
San Jose: 1 school
San Luis Obispo: 2 schools
San Marcos: 2 schools
Santa Barbara: 3 schools
Santa Clara: 2 schools
Santa Cruz: 1 school
Santa Maria: 1 school
Santa Monica: 1 school
Santa Rosa: 1 school
Valencia: 1 school
Victorville: 1 school
Woodland Hills: 1 school
in Colorado:
Boulder: 2 schools
Colorado Springs: 3 schools
Denver: 3 schools
Greeley: 1 school
Lakewood: 2 schools
in Hawaii:
Honolulu: 1 school
in Idaho:
Moscow: 1 school
in Montana:
Missoula: 1 school
in Nevada:
Las Vegas: 2 schools
in New Mexico:
Albuquerque: 2 schools
Las Cruces: 2 schools
Santa Fe: 3 schools
in Oregon:
Ashland: 1 school
Corvallis: 1 school
Eugene: 1 school
Portland: 6 schools
in Utah:
Cedar City: 1 school
Logan: 1 school
Ogden: 1 school
Orem: 1 school
Provo: 1 school
Salt Lake City: 4 schools
in Washington:
Bellingham: 1 school
Ellensburg: 1 school
Seattle: 4 schools
Tacoma: 2 schools
in Wyoming:
Laramie: 1 school
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