From Classrooms to Red Carpets: Juilliard's Star-Studded Alumni Club
These stars went to the toughest performing arts school in the country.
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The Juilliard School in New York City may be best known for churning out piano prodigies, but it's also alma mater to some of the most talented actors, dancers and performance artists in the world. In honor of Juilliard's 2023 class, which graduates today (May 19), here are our favs who started at the prestigious institution.
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Viola Davis graduated in 1993 with a degree in acting. While the EGOT credits the school with giving her chops, she won't say the training was pleasant. "You’re there about 12, 13 hours a day, and they make you focus on all your inadequacies."
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Anthony Mackie, a New Orleans native, used his Juilliard training for roles as diverse as Tupac Shakur in Notorious to Falcon in Marvel. But the most significant thing he got from the school, Mackie claims, was his love of performing Shakespeare. "I'd like to show everyone I can do it," he told the alumni magazine. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Nicole Beharie graduated from Juilliard in 2007 with a degree in drama. She said of the notoriously rigorous school, “Those programs beat it out of you, but also something into you. They give you a sense of humor.” The actress also studied Shakespeare at Oxford before conquering Hollywood. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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The Harlem-born, Queens-raised Keith David headed to Manhattan soon after high school to attend Juilliard. There, he put his focus on performing the classics, including Shakespeare. "I love classic plays, the kind of stuff you don't get to say every day." (Photo: David Pomponio/FilmMagic)