15 Stars Who Went To NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts!
New York University’s (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts is considered a breeding ground for actors, singers and comedians. In fact, the school even mentions all of their famous alumni on their webpage. We have created a list of 15 stars who went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts!
15. Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell studied musical theatre at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Unfortunately she abandoned her studies when she was a few credits shy of graduating for a role in the Broadway musical version of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
14. Alexis Bledel
Back in 1999, Alexis Bledel attended NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts for Film, but only stayed for one year. According to the “Gilmore Girls” actress, she felt a bit lost while there because many of the students had been involved in film making since they were ten. Sounds intimidating to us!
13. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a BFA in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts back in 1989. While at NYU, he started the Bullostoi Ensemble, a drama company, with Bennett Miller who would later direct him in “Capote.”
12. Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison attended NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts for two years before he dropped out to join the Broadway adapation of “Footloose.” Apparently, while at NYU, he dated his classmate, Kristen Bell!
11. Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy – of the “Before” trilogy – studied filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Before she went to university, she had already been nominated for a César award, the French Oscar, for best newcomer.
10. Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup is one smart cookie! In 1994, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. It didn’t take long for his acting career to take off – a year after graduating, he made his debut on Broadway in “Arcadia.”
9. Adam Sandler
According to Wikipedia, funny man Adam Sandler graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor degree in Drama and Fine Arts in 1988. To pay his way through school, the “Happy Gilmore” star worked as a resident assistant.
8. Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts back in the ‘90s. The “30 Rock” actor seems to really like his alma mater – he donated $1 million to the school in 2009 and 2012!
7. Debra Messing
Debra Messing gained admission to NYU’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, earning her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. Apparently the program only accepts 15 new graduate students a year!
6. Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese received his Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts back in 1966, which was a year after the school was founded. While a graduate student, Scorsese used to teach a course on Sight and Sound.
5. Vince Gilligan
Vince Gillian – creator of “Breaking Bad” – received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film production from NYU’s Tisch of the Arts back in the late ‘80s. While there, he wrote the screenplay for the film “Home Fries” and he received the Virginia Governor’s Screenwriting Award in 1989 for the screenplay.
4. Oliver Stone
Academy Award-winning film director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone also received his degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. According to Stone, Martin Scorcese was the instructor for his Sight and Sound class.
3. James Franco
The uber educated James Franco earned his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in filmmaking from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. As a graduate student, the Academy Award nominated actor also taught a class in feature filmmaking and production at NYU.
2. Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen finished her degree in Theatre at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts just last year. The “Martha Marcy May Marlene” actress also spent a semester studying in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School.
1. Lady Gaga
Who knew that Lady Gaga was so smart! At the age of 17, she gained early admission to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. There she sharpened her songwriting skills and composed essays and analytical papers on art, religion, social issues and politics. She withdrew from NYU two years later and began to pursue a career in music.