Schools of the Stars: Where Act One Cast and Creators Went to College

Where the principals of the Broadway play Act One pursued their college studies.


What does it take to write, create or star in a Broadway play? Hard work, talent, luck—all backed up by a good education. You have to supply the first three yourself, but PlaybillEDU™ can help you find the fourth.

Here is a rundown on where the principals of Broadway’s Act One pursued their college studies. Visit to learn how you can follow in their footsteps. Individual school listings on the site are linked below.

Cast List:
Santino Fontana: University of Minnesota
Andrea Martin: Emerson College
Tony Shalhoub: University of Southern Maine and Yale University
Chuck Cooper: Yale University
Bill Army: Middlebury College and New York University – Tisch School of the Arts
Will BrillCarnegie Mellon University
Laurel Casillo: Marymount Manhattan College
Matthew Saldivar: New York University – Tisch School of the Arts and Middlebury College
Jonathan Spivey: University of San Diego
Wendy Rich Stetson: Columbia University
Bob Stillman: The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music

Production Credits:

James Lapine (Playwright and Director): Franklin and Marshall College and California Institute of the Arts
Beowulf Boritt (Scenic Design): Vassar College and New York University—Tisch School of the Arts
Jane Greenwood (Costumes): Liverpool Art School and the Central School of Arts and Crafts
Ken Billington (Lighting Design): NA
Dan Moses Schreier (Sound Design): The Juilliard School