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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

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Where can a Walnut Hill education take you?

Theater studies at Walnut Hill provide a solid foundation for the continuation of artistic pursuits while also developing skills like confidence, collaborativeness, and persistence that serve students well in any number of future endeavors. Students interested in stage work have many options, ranging from liberal arts colleges with strong theater departments to conservatories to professional schools offering one- or two-year programs. Because many theater professionals agree that the best training for an actor is to get a good liberal arts education, many of our students opt for academic colleges with strong theater programs.


Walnut Hill theater students have continued their studies at some of the world’s best colleges, conservatories, and theater programs including:

Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts — American Academy of Dramatic Arts — Boston Conservatory — California Institute of the Arts — Carnegie Mellon University — Circle in the Square — DePaul University — Elon University — Fordham University — Harvard University — Indiana University — Ithaca College — The Juilliard School — New York University — North Carolina School of the Arts — Northwestern University — Penn State University — Point Park University — Roosevelt University — Royal Scottish Academy for Music and Drama — Syracuse University — University of Cincinnati — University of Miami — University of Michigan — University of Southern California — University of St. Andrews — Yale University

Notable Alumni

Many of our graduates have gone on to act, direct, sing, write and more onstage and on film and television. Others have taken their creativity and applied it to non-arts fields and also found much success. Here is a sampling of some of the exciting things our alumni have gone on to do, for more news from our alumni, visit our Class Notes page.

Ashley Blanchet ‘05
Barrett Weed ‘07
Briga Heelan ‘05
Brooke Stone ‘02
Christian Finnegan ‘91
Joby Earle ‘01
Matthew Risch ‘00
Nicholas Christopher ‘08
Rachelle Lefevre, Summer Alum ‘94
Ross Philips ‘06
Sara Newkirk Simon ‘95
Van Hansis ‘00
Zac Young ‘01