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Yale Acting Program

Yale Acting Program
Interview with Actress and Acting Teacher Elisa Eliot

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Elisa Eliot, actress and acting teacher in Los Angeles, California. In this part of my interview with her, we talked about her experience studying acting at the university level, her experience at Yale, one of the best acting schools in the world. The fact that many casting directors and agents will be more likely to call you in for an audition or interview is testimony to the fact that studying acting at Yale is considered to be extremely prestigious. Elisa will tell us all about it.

Anthony Smith: Let’s talk a little bit about your Yale experience, as we all know that is one of the best schools, probably, in the whole world – first of all how did you get in there?

Actress Elisa Eliot: I actually got into the Yale acting program due to a couple of different efforts of mine. I sent my standard application- I went in as an undergraduate so I had to get into the school and then I also sent in tapes of my opera singing and I actually invented a way to exterminate termites when I was in high school

Anthony Smith: Exterminate termites?

Actress Elisa Eliot: Yeah! So I won a lot of science fairs and I think that that looked pretty good as well but it showed that I was a well-rounded multi faceted person and I think the Yale acting program especially really likes that. They know that I'm not just a bookworm

Anthony Smith: Right, so if someone wants to get into Yale to study acting and drama what would you recommend?

Actress Elisa Eliot: I would recommend of course doing as much as you can in the acting/drama/music/arts field while your in high school and middle school and beyond and really stick to it don’t just do something here and something there really try and have a good four years of whatever your doing. I’d also say try different things sports, science, community service really show them that you are a well-rounded person

Anthony Smith: So once you are there what was it like? Because you majored in drama, what was your schedule like and what was it like going through those four years?

Actress Elisa Eliot:Studying drama at Yale was an amazing experience working with such fantastic teachers from all different backgrounds people from the Moscow arts theatre and the Russian school and Chekhov and then New York playwrights and directors from all over the country it was really wonderful. It is a time commitment because something that most people don’t know about Yale is that all the productions are student-run, student-directed, acted, set designed; everything is done by students. And so as a student you get really involved in that but it takes a very large amount of time, because it is on top of your schoolwork so it is a commitment. But it is worth it; if you are really into it I think it is worth it.

See the entire video interview with actress Elisa Eliot in which she talks, among other things, about her experience in the Yale acting program.

Here on ActingCareerStartUp.com we have a page with a list of the world's best acting programs.

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