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LAMDA’s (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) mission is to seek out and train the exceptional dramatic artists and technicians of every generation, so they can have the most extraordinary impact on the world through their work in the theatre, film, television and radio. It offers world-leading vocational training for actors, stage managers, technicians, directors and designers, regardless of their economic, social or cultural background. LAMDA’s graduates are internationally renowned and enhance London’s reputation as a global centre for arts and culture.
LAMDA offers a range of full-time higher education courses, including Foundation, Bachelor and Master Degrees. It also offers a diverse suite of short courses, which serve as either an introduction to core skills or an opportunity to focus on a specific discipline. All of its courses are taught by a faculty of experienced tutors, complemented by a large number of visiting specialists and professionals.
LAMDA collaborates with the industry on annual new writing commissions for stage and screen. Its final year students transfer productions to professional venues across the UK and overseas – reaching audiences from Cumbria to Moscow, Paris to New York – strengthening LAMDA’s ties with the profession and enabling students to establish industry contacts prior to graduation.
LAMDA students are selected entirely on their individual merit, not their prior experience nor their ability to pay. Its Scholarships & Bursaries scheme allows the most talented students to access its training and provides support for existing students facing financial pressure.
LAMDA is currently redeveloping its Talgarth Road home to create a new centre for drama training – housing world-class rehearsal spaces and performance facilities, including the 200-seat Simon Sainsbury Theatre, The Carne Studio Theatre and The Sackler Library & Study Centre. It will welcome students into the new building in autumn 2016.
LAMDA operates an equality and diversity policy and welcomes applications from disabled students and does not discriminate on the grounds of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion. LAMDA does, however, judge applicants critically on their suitability for a course according to their ability and potential to complete the training.
If you would like to visit the school to assess the current facilities available and discuss your access needs before applying, please contact the LAMDA Registrar, Amy Richardson on 020 8834 0505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Without LAMDA the industry would be poorer.”
Actor and LAMDA Alumnus
Besides the training, what has LAMDA given you?
“More than anything, not the teaching, the techniques, the physical and vocal development, all of which have been invaluable in one's development as an actor, the thing I cherish the most from LAMDA is the intangible spirit of the school. The belief they instilled that theatre can be made anywhere with anyone and can be successful as long as there is a synthesis between actor, writer, director and stage management. It is very much a team sport and the product is only affective when all of its components are working together. That sense of the team ethos and collective responsibility will, I hope, live forever both in me and in the school.”
Actor and LAMDA Alumnus