NGOZI ANYANWU (MIO ’03) TALKS TO CHRISTOPHER COOK

Ngozi Anyanwu decided that she wanted to be an actor when she was ineighth grade in high school in Pennsylvania. Fast forward to now, and she’s the accomplished actress she always wanted …

November 5th, 2019 by

BADA’S “KINGS & QUEENS” CABARET!

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, American Friends of BADA President and BADA Trustee Lydia Carlston (MIO ’01) hosted BADA’s Kings & Queens Cabaret at the historic Duplex Caberet Theatre in New …

October 16th, 2019 by

MIDSUMMER CONSERVATORY PROGRAM OPEN DAY

Our MCP students put on some fantastic performances at the Midsummer Conservatory Program open day! Based on character work and text work from Romeo and Juliet, they presented an excellent showcase …

August 23rd, 2019 by

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW STUDENT REVIEW

During the MCP program, our students had a day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, including a tour of the sights by BADA faculty member Brian Ridgers, who teaches Cultural History on the …

August 21st, 2019 by

MIO’19 IN PICTURES

A collection of photos from Midsummer in Oxford 2019!

August 19th, 2019 by

REFLECTIONS ON MIO’19

MIO’19 participant Travis Brown reflects on the process of studying in Oxford.  Trust the process. You’re here to experience life in a new and beautiful way that forces you out …

August 19th, 2019 by

PERFORMING AT THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM AND PEMBROKE COLLEGE

As part of the MIO program, faculty member Paul O’Mahony took his Modern and Shakespeare classes out around Oxford to present the scenes they had been working on. Paul writes …

August 12th, 2019 by

A DAY IN THE LIFE AT MIDSUMMER IN OXFORD

Studying at BADA is like acting itself—get ready to run with the unexpected. Every day at Midsummer is different, so bear with me the irony of writing about a typical …

August 5th, 2019 by

MEASURE FOR MEASURE AT THE RSC, MASTERCLASSES WITH ANTONY BYRNE & AMANDA HARRIS

Last Saturday, our MIO participants went to Stratford-upon- Avon to watch ‘Measure for Measure’, directed by Gregory Doran, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Our participants also had a chance to …

August 2nd, 2019 by

PUNTING IN OXFORD

MCP student Chiara writes about the quintessential Oxford afternoon they spent punting on the River Thames.  Sitting at the BADA dining hall earlier this week, we discussed the activities many …

July 28th, 2019 by

A WALKING TOUR OF OXFORD

On our second day here at Oxford, the BADA Midsummer Conservatory Program was fortunate enough to take a walking tour on a very lovely and sunny day. Our tour guide, …

July 23rd, 2019 by

HENRY V AT THE GLOBE THEATRE

MIO Participant, Tamieka Chavis, shares her experience from the first weekend of the program, fitting in a trip to London with some of her classmates. While in London, Tamieka visited …

July 22nd, 2019 by

PRESS: ALUM ANNA GUNN (LTP ’88) ON LONDON AND HER WEST END DEBUT

Alumna Anna Gunn (LTP ’88) was recently interviewed by the Evening Standard about her West End debut in The Night of the Iguana at the Noël Coward Theatre. In the interview, …

July 10th, 2019 by

ANNOUNCING THE SHAKESPEARE IN LONDON PROGRAM!

The British American Drama Academy is pleased to announce the new Shakespeare in London Program! Applications will open in September 2020 for the Spring 2021 inaugural semester commencing in January …

June 25th, 2019 by

JENNIFER STEIL (LTP ’89) IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHER COOK 

Jennifer Steil has crammed more lives into her suitcase than most of us can dream of packing. She trained in theatre, worked as a journalist in Yemen, and spent four …

June 5th, 2019 by

NEW TRUSTEES APPOINTED

In 2018, BADA implemented a long-planned restructuring of it’s governance designed to bring the Academy’s oversight into line with modern practices and to ensure that the Academy is well positioned …

May 24th, 2019 by

LA ALUMNI PLAY DISCUSSION GROUP

A note from event organizer Noree Victoria (MIO ’18): Hey BADA Family! I’m really looking forward to our first Los Angeles play discussion group event! It’s going to be held …

May 17th, 2019 by

LTP SPRING 2019 PRODUCTIONS

Our  London Theatre Program students recently showed their end of semester productions at Theatro Technis, as the finale of their Acting for Performance course and semester studying in London. A …

May 13th, 2019 by

PRESS: BEN EDELMAN (MIO ’12) DISCUSSES ACTING IN “ADMISSIONS” IN LONDON

Alum Ben Edelman (MIO ’12) was recently interviewed by Broadway.com about appearing in Joshua Harmon’s Admissions at Lincoln Center in New York and at Trafalgar Studios in London. Ben talks about …

April 9th, 2019 by

FLYING SOLO: 2019 SOLO PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

Some of our Long London Theatre Program group have been hard at work devising solo pieces as part of their “Flying Solo – Creating a One Person Show” module with Faculty …

March 7th, 2019 by

YEAR LONG STUDENT FILM SCREENING

Last week we had a film screening at Gloucester Gate of the footage our LTP students have recorded in their Acting for Screen course. Our Year Long students worked with …

February 26th, 2019 by

PUPPETRY WITH GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

We were delighted to be visited by a group of students from George Mason University last week, as part of their cultural visit to London. They attended a talk on …

January 22nd, 2019 by

A VISIT TO ‘THE DOUBLE DEALER’

This week our London Theatre Program Spring 2019 students visited the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, to watch The Double Dealer, a Restoration comedy written by  William Congreve. Some of …

January 18th, 2019 by

LTP FALL 2018 PRODUCTIONS

Our Fall 2018 London Theatre Program recently presented their productions, the culmination of their “Acting in Performance” class, at London’s Theatro Technis! A selection of photos from the productions are …

January 11th, 2019 by

PRESS: RYAN JAMAAL SWAIN WRITES ABOUT “POSE” IN BACKSTAGE

Alum Ryan Jamaal Swain (MIO ’14) writes for Backstage’s “Notes from the Field” about acting, dance, and working on Pose on FX: There are only a few times where I can say …

December 4th, 2018 by

CAROLYN SANDS, CO-FOUNDER, RETIRES

On Sunday, October 28, family, friends, and faculty gathered at Gloucester Gate to celebrate BADA’s Co-Founder and long-time Associate Director, Carolyn Sands, as she stepped down from regular duties at …

October 29th, 2018 by

STUDENT REVIEW: PINTER AT THE PINTER

LTP Student, Josh Rubenstein from Brandeis University, reviews The Lover/ The Collection at the Harold Pinter Theatre, as part of his work in Dramatic Criticism class.   This season at the …

October 23rd, 2018 by

INTRODUCING COMPLICITÉ WORKSHOPS

BADA is excited to introduce a series of three workshops for our London Theatre Program students, with Complicité theatre company. BADA has a long standing relation with various members of Complicité, including …

October 19th, 2018 by

MY SEMESTER AT BADA BY ANAïS GRALPOIS

Anaïs Gralpois is a senior Drama major at University of Washington. She writes about her experiences on the London Theatre Program in Fall 2017. I knew after attending the British …

October 13th, 2018 by

AN EVENING WITH JUSTIN THEROUX (BCP ’91)

American Friends of BADA President Lydia Carlston (MIO ’01) welcomed BADA friends, supporters, faculty, and alumni to an intimate evening in her home for a festive cocktail party featuring a conversation …

October 11th, 2018 by

A MASTERCLASS WITH ANDRÉ HOLLAND

We were delighted to be joined last week by the brilliant André Holland, for a Q&A on his varied career. Our LTP students watched André as Othello, starring opposite Mark …

October 1st, 2018 by

THE JUNGLE, AND Q&A WITH JOE MURPHY AND JOE ROBERTSON

Our LTP students watched the thought-provoking show, The Jungle, earlier in the week at the Playhouse Theatre. The play is set in ‘the Jungle’, a refugee and migrant  camp in …

September 22nd, 2018 by

MCP 2018 IN PICTURES

August 31st, 2018 by

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST AT WADHAM COLLEGE

Our MCP students spent one of their evenings in Oxford watching Love Labour’s Lost, directed by Nicholas Green, and performed in the beautiful gardens of Wadham College. MCP Student Aoife …

August 28th, 2018 by

MUSEUM MADNESS

Our MCP students spent one of their weekend days exploring some of the wonderful museums that Oxford is home to. The students visited the Natural History Museum and the Ashmolean …

August 21st, 2018 by

MCP MASTERCLASS WITH MICK BARNFATHER

BADA Chaperones, Saorla Wright and Jensen Tudtud, recount the MCP Student’s Masterclass in comedy and physicality with BADA faculty member and member of physical theatre company Complicite,  Mick Barnfather.   …

August 20th, 2018 by

MIO 2018 IN PICTURES

August 9th, 2018 by

FAVOURITE MOMENTS FROM MIO 2018

Some of our MIO students recount some of their highlights from the Midsummer in Oxford Program.    “My favourite was when my group got together randomly one day and we …

August 9th, 2018 by

LOOKING BACK ON MIO 2018 BY OSCAR FABELA

When I got accepted to BADA’s Midsummer in Oxford 2018 Program, I knew I was in for a treat, but I didn’t know it would be the launch of a …

August 7th, 2018 by

FUN AND GAMES AT MCP SPORTS DAY

MCP Student Jacqueline Scholl commentates the MCP Sports Day. Two teams, both alike in dignity, In fair Oxford, where we lay our scene. Except, this was no tragedy. This was …

August 3rd, 2018 by

PRESS: PAUL RUDD (MIO ’93) ON CELEBRITY AND HIS MIO EXPERIENCE

“I loved it. I loved working on Shakespeare. I loved living in the dorms at Oxford. I loved walking the campus. I loved getting tea. I loved memorising the lines. I loved working on the plays…”

August 1st, 2018 by

A DAY IN LONDON: THE GLOBE, OTHELLO AND ANDRE HOLLAND

MIO student Alexis Woodard relives her day trip to London, watching Othello at The Globe theate, plus a chance encounter with Andre Holland.  On our third week into BADA, a …

August 1st, 2018 by

SHAKESPEARE AT THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY

Rosie Tyler from Marymount College, writes of her experience watching Shakespeare productions in Oxford whilst studying on the MIO program. Rosie watched the Globe’s touring production of Twelfth Night, directed …

July 26th, 2018 by

PRESS: OXFORD MAIL FEATURES MIRIAM MARGOLYES MASTERCLASS

The Oxford Mail wrote a nice piece about actress Miriam Margolyes’s Masterclass for Midsummer in Oxford 2018! The piece also covers some of BADA’s 30+ year history of summer programs in …

July 25th, 2018 by

ROMEO AND JULIET, AND Q&A WITH BALLY GILL

For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo… Our MIO student’s had a great day exploring Stratford upon Avon, and watching Romeo and …

July 21st, 2018 by

PRESS: DENZEL WASHINGTON DISCUSSES CHADWICK BOSEMAN

Denzel Washington chats with Stephen Colbert about having provided a scholarship for Chadwick Boseman (MIO ’98) to attend our Midsummer in Oxford Program. Chadwick was part of a group of …

July 20th, 2018 by

BADA BOUND BY SU CASTILLO

MIO student Su Castillo recounts her first weeks at BADA.  We stared long and hard at the tower, dreaming of standing up there and looking onto a city that has …

July 19th, 2018 by

A VISIT FROM SIR PATRICK STEWART

BADA summer intern, Saira Khan, writes of her experience of her first BADA masterclass, watching Sir Patrick Stewart deliver a Q&A session for our Midsummer in Oxford Students.   If …

July 17th, 2018 by

FIVE FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT MAGDALEN COLLEGE

BADA Summer Intern Saira Khan shares some of her discoveries about the historical Magdalen College which hosts the Midsummer in Oxford program.     Because it reminds us of Hogwarts, …

July 9th, 2018 by

ALUMNI WHO WRITE… JACK SMART (SHX ’10)

Jack Smart (SHX ’10) is the Awards Editor for Backstage Magazine. He’s written there for four years now covering everything from the Tonys to the Oscars and the Emmys and the SAG …

June 21st, 2018 by

FACULTY INTERVIEW: SARAH HEMMING

BADA Faculty member Sarah Hemming, in conversation with Christopher Cook about her work as a theatre critic.  Sarah Hemming practices what she preaches. She teaches Dramatic Criticism on the London Theatre …

June 21st, 2018 by

JUNE 2018 NEWSLETTER

In this issue of the BADA Newsletter: an interview with theatre critic and Faculty member Sarah Hemming; a conversation with alum Jack Smart (SHX ’10), the Awards Editor for Backstage Magazine; …

June 21st, 2018 by

FAREWELL, JOHN BARTON

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of John Barton yesterday. A BADA Associate Artist and long-time Masterclass instructor, John shared his love for and understanding of Shakespeare’s …

March 19th, 2018 by

REMEMBERING OLEG TABAKOV

Faculty member Irina Brown has shared with us the sad news that former Faculty member Oleg Tabakov passed away in Moscow yesterday. Oleg had a long history with BADA, first …

March 13th, 2018 by

FLYING SOLO: 2018 SOLO PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

Recently, our Year Long London Theatre Program students performed solo pieces that they devised in their module “Flying Solo – Creating a One Person Show” with Faculty member Gareth Armstrong.

March 8th, 2018 by

PRESS: CHADWICK BOSEMAN IN AMERICAN WAY

Midsummer in Oxford alum Chadwick Boseman (MIO ’98) talks to American Way magazine about playing trailblazers, launching into the Marvel Universe as Black Panther, and his time in Oxford with BADA. From …

January 29th, 2018 by

BADA WRITERS: GERIT QUEALY (MIO ’94)

Christopher Cook in conversation with alum and author Gerit Quealy. Gerit Quealy is one of a handful of BADA alumi who’s a writer and scholar as well as a performer. …

January 27th, 2018 by

FACULTY INTERVIEW: GARETH ARMSTRONG

Christopher Cook discusses solo performance with new BADA Faculty member Gareth Armstrong.  Gareth Armstrong joined the BADA Faculty this spring. As a teenager he was a member of the National …

January 27th, 2018 by

JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

In this issue of the BADA Newsletter: an interview with alumna Gerit Quealy (MIO ’94), about her new book Botanical Shakespeare; an interview with new BADA Faculty member Gareth Armstrong about …

January 27th, 2018 by

AN EVENING WITH TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY (MIO ’05)

American Friends of BADA President, Lydia Carlston (MIO ’01) hosted a fundraising evening at her home featuring BADA alumnus and Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney in conversation with BADA’s …

October 25th, 2017 by

GRATITUDE… BY YSATIS LLLANO

As the MIO 2017 draws to an end, Ysatis looks back on her weeks spent in Oxford.  Gratitude. If I was told to summarise my experience this summer at BADA, …

August 6th, 2017 by

MIO 2017 IN PICTURES

Photos from the 2017 Midsummer in Oxford Program

August 5th, 2017 by

A POEM BY SAKI MARIE

A poem, by MIO student Saki Marie, about her time spent at BADA this Summer. Of oft a dream’s a dream one must wake from. At BADA, waking is just …

August 5th, 2017 by

WHEN IN EUROPE…

Whilst on the MIO, a number of our students managed to fit into their busy schedules a weekend trip to Paris. A fleeting visit, with 13 hours on a bus …

August 4th, 2017 by

MASTERCLASSES AT MAGDALEN: SONNETS, SHAKESPEARE AND SPEAKERS

Our MIO students have Masterclasses twice weekly throughout the program from leading experts in British Theatre. “These masterclasses have made me assess my acting style, what I want to do …

August 4th, 2017 by

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF OXFORD

MIO student Shelby Phillips reflects on her first week on the MIO program.  Oxford is beautiful, and I don’t think I’ll ever want to go home. On our first day …

August 4th, 2017 by

ASKING ALUMNI … ROB ADLER (MIO ’94)

Christopher Cook in conversation with Robert Adler who joined the Midsummer in Oxford Program in 1994. “It was a transformational experience for my life as an actor and for my …

August 3rd, 2017 by

AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER

In this issue of the BADA Newsletter: Faculty member Eunice Roberts appointed Dean of BADA; Norman Ayrton – Requiescat in pace; “An Accountant’s life for me” – an interview with Managing …

August 3rd, 2017 by

EUNICE ROBERTS APPOINTED DEAN OF BADA

BADA is pleased to announce that the Governors have appointed Eunice Roberts to be sole Dean of BADA from 1st September 2017. In her 10 months as Joint Dean, Eunice has impressed …

August 1st, 2017 by

FROM MCP TO MIO!

Jack Steiner and Katherine Means first came to BADA on the MCP Program in 2015. We were delighted to see them again this year as part of our older program …

August 1st, 2017 by

REVIEW: HAMLET

Whilst on the MIO, many of our students spend their weekends in London watching shows. MIO student Shelby Phillips writes about her trip to see Hamlet at Harold Pinter Theatre.   …

August 1st, 2017 by

NORMAN AYRTON – REQUIESCAT IN PACE

“It is with deep sorrow that we record the death of Norman Ayrton peacefully in his sleep at the age of 92. Christopher Cook, who recorded an oral history with …

July 18th, 2017 by

A DAY IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears… We had a great day, despite the weather, in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Students had the opportunity to visit the various historical town houses and museums, …

July 16th, 2017 by

FACULTY INTERVIEW: PAUL O’MAHONY

Eunice Roberts, Joint Dean of BADA talks to BADA’s newest Shakespeare Teacher, Paul O’Mahony about his career so far, the Advanced Shakespeare class he’s teaching at BADA and the key …

March 10th, 2017 by

MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER

In this issue of the BADA Newsletter:
• An interview with new Shakespeare instructor Paul O’Mahony about the Year Long London Theatre Program
• Introducing BADA’s new Brand and Website
• Photos from the new LTP Acting for Film & Screen course!

March 10th, 2017 by

MIDSUMMER IN OXFORD ALUM TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY WINS AN OSCAR!

Congratulations to Tarell Alvin McCraney (MIO ’05) who won for Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight, which was based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.  

February 28th, 2017 by

BADA NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

For editions of the BADA newsletter from 2014 – 2016, please visit the BADA Press Room Archive 

December 31st, 2016 by

ALAN RICKMAN: ACTOR, MASTER TEACHER, DEAR FRIEND

The BADA family is deeply saddened by the death of Alan Rickman, a long-time friend and frequent Masterclass instructor. Click here to read The Guardian‘s obituary of Alan. 

January 14th, 2016 by

PRESS: PAUL RUDD IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Alum Paul Rudd (MIO ’93) talks to the New York Times about Ant-Man, acting (including his time at BADA), being “likeable”, and his long and varied career.   Photo of …

July 10th, 2015 by