Aspiring actors may benefit from enrolling in a performing arts degree program. Rutgers University boasts famous alumni such as Calista Flockhart, James Gandolfini and Kristen Davis. Flockhart - who won a Golden Globe award for her role on the hit television series Ally McBeal - attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, according to People Magazine. She has also starred in shows such as ABC's Brothers and Sisters.
During her time at Rutgers, Flockhart attended a specialized and competitive acting class that lasted 12 hours each day. In her sophomore year at Rutgers, Flockhart met aspiring actress Jane Krakowski, with whom she later worked on Ally McBeal.
Flockhart's acting ability was recognized when William Esper - Mason Gross' theater director and her acting teacher - made an exception to policy by allowing her to perform on the main stage. Though this venue is usually reserved for juniors and seniors, Harold Scott insisted that Flockhart perform there in his production of William Inge's Picnic.
She graduated with a bachelor's of fine arts in theatre in 1988, as one of only a few students who successfully completed the program. Flockhart was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni on May 3, 2003.
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