LONDON THEATRE PROGRAM
The London Theatre Program is BADA’s undergraduate conservatory acting program in London accredited by Sarah Lawrence College.
The London Theatre Program (LTP) is designed for dedicated students who are passionate about their work and serious about acting. Students may enroll in the One Semester program in either the fall or spring. Students interested in immersing themselves more deeply in British conservatory training should explore the Year Long program which runs from fall through spring.
The one semester conservatory program runs in the Fall and the Spring. The first eight weeks include classes in:
- Scene Study: Shakespeare Particular attention will be given to textual analysis and verse speaking. (2 credits)
- Scene Study: High Comedy Restoration and later periods. Playwrights include Vanburgh, Congreve, Sheridan, Wilde, Shaw and Coward. (2 credits)
- Scene Study: Modern Physical Theatre Collaboration with members of Theatre de Complicité to examine twentieth-century European texts and modes of acting including Commedia Dell’Arte and mask work. (2 credits)
- Acting in Performance During the last five weeks of each term, students will rehearse and perform productions of major British and European classical works in a working London theatre. Recent BADA productions have included works by Shakespeare, Wedekind, Barker, Webster, Euripides, Durrenmatt, Pirandello, Farquhar and Brecht. (3 credits)
- Voice The course takes an eclectic view of voice teaching, combining the principles of freeing the natural voice, as practiced by Kristin Linklater, with other methodologies that consolidate this approach. (1 credit)
- Movement The course is directed to general movement exercises involving muscular coordination and control. (1 credit)
- Stage Fighting Students are trained in realistic stage combat with emphasis on safety, control, period styles, and technical virtuosity. (1 credit)
- Theatre History Fall semester: the Middle Ages through the 18th Century, including work by Marlowe, Webster, Ford, Johnson, Dryden, Behn, Vanbrugh and Congreve. Spring semester: British and European plays of the 20th Century, including work by Ibsen, Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht, Lorca, Ionesco, Genet and Beckett. (2 credits per semester)
- Dramatic Criticism An introduction to dramatic criticism, linked to regular visits to the theatre. (1 credit)
- Tutorials One-to-one work sessions with a member of faculty focused on pieces selected by the student.
- Weekly theatre visits (including a trip to see the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford)
- Weekly Masterclasses with leading UK theatre practitioners, including actors, directors, and designers from the British and American stage. Recent Masterclass instructors include: Sir Derek Jacobi, Maria Aitken, Brian Cox, Brandon Victor Dixon, Daniel Evans, Julian Glover, Henry Goodman, Greg Hicks, David Leveaux, Jonathan Price, David Schwimmer, Fiona Shaw, Sam West, Deborah Warner.
- Acting in Performance. In the final five weeks of the semester, students will put their class work into practice in: students rehearse three productions, In three casts, each led by a British Theatre Director, over four weeks culminating in a final performance in a professional theatre during the final week. During the rehearsal period, students continue their voice and movement work with a warm-up class each morning, helping further develop the core foundations for the modern actor. (3 credits)
In the first term of the Year Long program, students take the same classes as the One Semester version of the London Theatre Program. The second semester is an advanced program that enables students to build on the voice, movement, and foundational actings skills learnt in the previous semester while also introducing a variety of new disciplines and techniques.
- Shakespeare (2 credits) This course enables students who have mastered the basic requirements of Shakespearean performance to explore Shakespeare’s language more deeply through scene work and physical approaches to theatre, coupled with rigorous text work. Students will create pieces in response to Shakespeare, giving them ownership of something quite unique, whilst continuing to work on Shakespearean text. Students will extensively investigate character looking at a number of plays and develop a series of skills that help to unlock characterisation.
- Acting in Performance, Classical (3 credits) The final production leads on from the Shakespeare class. By using the skills and tools developed through the sessions, students working alongside the director, will create their own full length work based on a Shakespeare play. This will be performed in a London theatre.
- Advanced Criticism (1 credit) Led by a leading theatre critic, this course focuses on how being a constructive critic has benefits for the students as practitioners. Students will look at how taking risks can aid creativity and the role of a critic. The course explores and discusses topics such as; How to watch a theatre production, how do we look at a work of art? How do we decide what is good and bad art? How can that be applied to our own work as practitioners?
- Theatre History (2 credits) This course focuses upon the study of dramatic texts by placing them within their historical, critical and geographical context. Students will study four plays from different historical periods and then use this work to investigate the performance history and critical reputation of these plays. Students will also explore the places in London that are associated with each play and visit the theatres linked to each play text to learn more about the ways in which performance spaces and theatrical styles changed from the sixteenth century to the modern day.
- Stage Fighting (1 credit) Led by one of the leading fight directors in Europe, this course builds on skills acquired in the first semester of study and introduces weaponry into the classes. Students will learn and be able to perform a large body of practical fight techniques and will acquire a strong working comprehension of all the relevant safety principles and be able to apply them in practical situations. Students will strengthen their practical, physical partnering skills and gain a more acute understanding of how to integrate character into action and action into text.
- Voice (1 credit) This course builds on the technical acquisitions of the first semester where the class focus was on the understanding, practice and fluent delivery of the basic components that go to make up spoken voice work – alignment, breath, tone, articulation and range. In this semester, how to apply these skills in the acting equation takes centre stage, where there will be much more emphasis on hands on work on student monologues and voice support for the internal Modern Scenes and Film courses. Here students will be shown how to develop important seamless links between technique and interpretation as required in performance.
- Movement (1 credit) This course allows students to explore a character’s journey through the use of play. Using Shakespeare plays and characters students will explore concepts of ‘use of space, elements, animal qualities, rhythm and energy levels’. Students will also be introduced to dance styles from that period as well as exploring more contemporary dance interpretations.
- Acting for Film and TV (2 credits) This course emphasises building confidence and ease in front of the camera and in the on-set environment. Students explore and learn the principles of screen acting technique and learn the actor’s and film set vocabulary. They become familiar with the logistics of performance on set and begin to assume responsibility for their own creative choices. At the end of the course, students are given a professionally edited video of their on-screen scenes.
- Modern Workshop Production (2 credits) In this course, students rehearse and perform a workshop production of a 20th century play in collaboration with a director. Students contribute to the project in direction, design, choreography, etc. The production is presented in-house. The aim of this course is to discover the simple, yet powerful use of language in storytelling.
- Tutorials An important supplement to the curriculum are regular one-on-one tutorials. In tutorials, students study text and speeches of the students choosing individually with a faculty member who is also a professional actor. These sessions are devoted to improving students’ acting abilities and encouraging students to explore and independently lead on making a range of creative choices whilst building on their portfolio of audition pieces.
Housing for BADA’s London Theatre Program is provided, maintained and serviced by Anglo Educational Services. Each semester students are allocated secure and modern accommodation in one of two locations in the heart of London, both with excellent transport links for getting to BADA and exploring the city. Both locations have weekly professional housekeeping service, wireless internet access and secure entry systems.
Landward Court comprises of 26 two-and-three bedroom apartments and is situated a few minutes’ walk away from Marble Arch, Oxford Street and London’s West End.
Westburn Place comprises of 6 four-bedroom townhouses around a private and gated courtyard and is located only five minutes from Kilburn Park Tube Station which has direct links to Oxford Circus within minutes.
All accommodation has central heating and comes with a private kitchen fully equipped with a stove, fridge, washing machine and microwave oven, spacious living area furnished with sofas, flat screen TV and telephone for incoming calls, a private safe for valuable items and wireless internet access.
BADA’s London Theatre program takes place in an historic Crown Estate building in one of London’s most prestigious residential areas which is home to a number of national embassies and ambassadorial residences.
Inside BADA you will find a full range of facilities including 6 teaching spaces, each named after a different playwright, a Library, a collection of recorded performances, a private Green Room for students to relax or study in-between classes and a canteen open daily from 10am-2pm, offering delicious home cooked classics like spaghetti bolognese and freshly made sandwiches and bagels.
There are also designated computer and printing facilities for students and wireless internet connection available throughout the building.
Studying abroad with BADA enables you to train and live in the theatrically vibrant city of London.
BADA is located beside the beautiful Regent’s Park, perfect for walks between classes and springtime picnics. BADA’s location offers easy access to the theatre’s in London’s West End and it’s only a short walk from Camden Town, famous for its bustling markets, coffee bars, health food stores, art house cinemas and distinctive shops.
BADA also lies close to Primrose Hill (home to many actors, directors, writers and other celebrities) and the perfect place to get a panoramic view across London.
Studying in London enables you to take advantage of the cultural riches of one of the world’s great cities, with a history that stretches back more than 2,000 years, and also travel easily around the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe during the one-week midterm break.
Recent London Theatre Program faculty members include:
The Spring 2017 London Theatre Program fees are:
Application fee (non-refundable) $50 Tuition
(includes all academic expenses, trips, tickets, master classes)
$25,598 Accommodation/Room $5,450 Room deposit (against damages) $200 Study abroad medical insurance* $216
*Students still need to have their own coverage or coverage through the Sarah Lawrence plan to ensure they are adequately covered before they leave the US and upon their return.
Sarah Lawrence College students who normally receive financial aid may apply their awards to any College-sponsored program abroad.
Sarah Lawrence College offers limited financial assistance to guest students on this program. Students should consult their home school’s financial aid office for guidance on other financial aid resources.
For more information about Sarah Lawrence financial aid options, e-mail the Office of International Programs.
Please contact your home institution as to how their refund policy and fee protection plan applies while studying at BADA.
For questions about Study Abroad, please contact:
Sarah Lawrence College
Office of International Programs
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999
T: 914 395 2305 or 800 873-4752
For further information or any questions regarding the London Theatre Program, please contact:
British American Drama Academy
Christina Ibironke, Programs Manager
T: +44 207 487 0730