London Dramatic Academy, Fordham University
The London Dramatic Academy is a long established program in theatre that offers a lively and intense introduction to the principles of British acting. It is practical rather than theoretical, and both stimulating and demanding of all those who take part in it-students and instructors alike. The wide range of experienced tutors drawn largely from within the profession ensures that LDA is not limited in its outlook or theories. Rather, it is an ongoing developmental process encouraging participants to learn from the past and, through their participation, create exciting theatre for the future. The LDA aims to stimulate your mind and body to increase the range of your craft. Founded more than three decades ago by a group of instructors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), the LDA offers American acting students some of the same intensive professional training as their British counterparts at RADA. Many of the Academy’s drama tutors are associated with RADA, and the curriculum continues to provide the finest conservatory training for undergraduate students. Students who have been through this rigorous training have gone on to perform Shakespeare and modern material on the professional stage and in film and television. Classes are held in studios at Fordham's London Centre, located in the Kensington area of central London – a short walk from the V&A Museum, the Museum of Natural History as well as Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
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The program provides instruction each day between 9:30am and 5:30pm. Classes are small (usually 8-10 students) and are based on in-class exercises, scene study, and workshops. Classes are supplemented by individual tutorials. Students may begin in Fall or in Spring. Students who begin in Fall can opt for a second semester.
The curriculum includes courses in British Theatre Acting, British Theatre Now and Then, Movement and Stage Combat, and Voice Training for Actors. Every week, each student works one-on-one with an Alexander Technique specialist, in order to practice this method for achieving balance and helping the actor relax, concentrate, and maintain focus within a role. Master classes connect students with some of Britain’s most exciting actors, writers, directors and producers through informal and intimate discussions. Weekly theatre visits are also integral to the LDA, which brings students to see classics and contemporary works in a variety of traditions followed by discussion of each and, whenever possible, a meeting with the artists involved.
Students earn 16 credits for successful completion of the one semester program. Students who remain on for the academic year continue the fall curriculum at an advanced level and with more personalized instruction, and earn 16 credits for the successful completion of the second semester. Full-year students rehearse and perform a public workshop, which is the culmination of their training at the end of the year.
LDA students are housed in student flats in a residential area in Zone 1 (Central London), within easy commute to classes at the London Centre. Students live in furnished flats in groups of 4-6 with self-catering facilities (fully equipped, open-plan kitchens including microwaves) and a shared lounge. Laundry facilities are available on site (include washing machines and dryers). The apartments are modern with a light and airy feel, with views over the private courtyard.
Student apartments are located in popular Clerkenwell (pronounced /kla:kenwel/), which in an area of Central London in the Borough of Islington (EC1). The neighbourhood boasts a great selection of restaurants, bars and gastropubs. A number of famous sights and attractions are within easy reach, including the Barbican Centre, Sadler’s Wells theatre, the Museum of London, the British Museum, the Charles Dickens Museum, and for shopping, it is easy to get to Oxford Street, Regent Street and Covent Garden. It is an excellent base for exploring Central London.
Spring: Early January-Mid April
Fall: Early September-Mid December
Fees include: tuition, registration and instructional costs for up to 16 credit hours; official transcript for credit transfer; housing in London; pre-departure information and materials; supplemental travel insurance; full-time academic and administrative support services through our London Centre; course theatre tickets; LDA excursions to the opera, symphony and various social and cultural activities. Group transfer from London Heathrow airport on a date and time yet to be determined is also included in the comprehensive fee.
Three students per semester will be accepted to the program.
1) Criteria for Program
- Undergraduate theater majors (exceptions can be made with approval of theater dept.)
- At least Sophomore standing at the time of program participation
- 3.0 cumulative grade point average
- Audition with LUC theatre department
- Good judicial/conduct record
2) Submit the LUC online application.
3) Contact LUC Theatre department to schedule an audition: Dr. Mark Lococo, Director of Theatre (773) 508-7511, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Contingent on theatre department approval, OIP will approve you for the program and direct you to Fordham related documents that need to be completed for the program.