Circle in the Square Theater School

New York, NY
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Coordinates: 40°45′44″N 73°59′04″W / 40.762142°N 73.984450°W / 40.762142; -73.984450

Circle in the Square Theatre School is a non-profit, tax exempt drama school associated with the Circle in the Square Theatre and as such is the only accredited school attached to a Broadway theatre.

It offers two two-year programs: a Professional Acting Workshop, and a Professional Musical Theatre Workshop. The musical theatre program is unique in that is identical to the acting program, except for some additional musical classes.

Theodore Mann started the school in 1961 with 15 students the Greenwich Village venue on Bleecker Street when Circle in the Square Theatre was an Off Broadway venue. In 1971, it moved to current location in the Paramount Plaza. Its student body is now approximately 200 students.

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  • Private not for profit, At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • students
  • $11,500.00 avg tuition

1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019-6795
(212) 307-0388

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Circle in the Square Theater School

Applied 46
Admitted 24 52%
Enrolled total 14
Full Time: 14
Part Time 0
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 0 0
ACT English 0 0
ACT Math 0 0
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 75%
4-year graduation rate
6-year graduation rate
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Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Record Neither required nor recommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Required
Admission Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Circle in the Square Theater School

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $11,500.00 $11,500.00 $11,500.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $25.00 $25.00 $25.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $0.00 $16,300.00 $6,000.00
Other Expenses $0.00 $7,500.00 $6,000.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $25.00
Graduate Application Fee $0.00
Books and Supplies $800.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 50%
Percent receiving grant aid 13%
Avg amount of grant aid $6,146.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 50%
Avg amount of student loan aid $5,125.00

Circle in the Square Theater School

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate

Scholarships for Students in New York

Name Amount Deadline
Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity Up to $5,000 April 30, 2017
AOTF New York Scholarship Varies October 26, 2017

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