What are the academics like at your school?
The student/faculty ratio at Yale is something like 8:1, which is pretty incredible. Some of the most intense learning I've done has been in small seminars of 5-10 students. This generally results in an atmosphere of interest and discourse, but rarely competition. Especially for a Theater Studies major, students seem to want to help each other, never hinder. At Yale, learning is very much up to you. There are guidelines, but they are in no way restrictive. Professors vary, as humans do, but are in general very accessible and interesting. These are the people at the head of their fields, not just those who follow.