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 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 programme is open to juniors and seniors enrolled at any accredited American college or university.

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  • The one semester conservatory program runs in the Fall and the Spring. The first eight weeks include classes in:

    • Scene Study: Shakespeare  This course enables the actors to search for, find, and explore the structure of Shakespeare’s texts in a physical and fun way. The aim by the end of this course is for the students to have achieved a deeper connection with the drama of the text. This course will give students a greater sense of confidence in Shakespeare’s language and students will find they can speak the text more naturalistically even while honouring the given demands of the structure. This course looks at various plays—comedy, history, and tragedy and gives particular attention to textual analysis and verse speaking. (2 credits)
    • Scene Study: High Comedy This is a practical acting course designed to give students a dynamic, sensitive and practical approach to acting in High Comedy, enabling them to play with increased confidence, openness, precision, understanding and skill. Students will work as a group on exercises which will lay a foundation for the detailed scene study work. The course will give each individual the opportunity to put into practice the core principles of working on High Comedy texts, in a highly supportive collaborative atmosphere, and gain a strong understanding of what makes this material so rewarding and exhilarating to act. (2 credits)
    • Scene Study: Modern Physical Theatre  In this course, students study with a member of Complicite (subject to availability) and will study exercises influenced by the teachings of Jaques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier. These studies will include many improvisations which look at the actor’s presence in the space and their dynamic of play. Students will look at the relationship between the physical body and text and how one informs the other. In the second half of the semester the group will either examine a 20th-century European Text or the half mask. (2 credits)
    • Voice In this course students will be taken through a series of practical exercises, which will enable them to explore the essential elements of voice work for the actor. Students will be taught the fundamentals of Voice covering the topics of Body, Breath, Voice, Articulation, and Support. Students will learn to apply this knowledge by using practise exercises given in every class with which to explore and develop their speaking voice for the stage. Classes also focus on connecting Voice & Text, covering the topics of Rhythm, Sound & Meaning, Sense & Thoughts. As speaking language is a physical activity, some exercises are interactive. There is a focus on physical awareness and release, alignment and centering, lowering the breath consistently to open up vocal vibrations, amplifying resonance, channel freeing and articulation in the class.(1 credit)
    • Movement By using movement work, group games, imaginative and observational work as tools to build the ensemble, students are encouraged to be free and strengthen their bodies. This provides the student actors with the ability to transform physically into the different characters they play. This class also enables the students to free their voice and unlock physical habits and tensions which may inhibit their bodies and therefore their ability to be free. The Period Dance element allows the students to transform physically and imaginatively into other eras and to link this to the work in their Shakespeare and High Comedy classes. (1 credit)
    • Stage Fighting Led by one of the leading fight directors in Europe, this course trains students in realistic stage combat with emphasis on safety, control, period styles, and technical virtuosity. The students will learn and be able to perform a large body of practical fight techniques and will gain a working comprehension of all the relevant safety principles and be able to apply them in practical situations. Students will also gain an understanding of their personal areas of strength and areas requiring further focus with a clearer judgment of their own personal rehearsal arc with regards to the illusion of violence in performance. Students will also have a more acute understanding of how to integrate character into action and action into text by the end of the course. (1 credit)
    • Theatre History This course will look at the development of European drama during the hundred years from the end of the nineteenth century. Beginning with the so-called invention of modern drama. Students will develop a good knowledge and appreciation of eight European plays considered important to modern drama and will acquire critical and interpretative skills which allow better appreciation of such plays. Students will also gain a much deeper awareness of the historical, social and cultural context from which these plays emerged. (2 credits)
    • Dramatic Criticism The course is aims to introduce students to some of the best live theatre on offer in London- one of the world’s most exciting cultural capitals, and to sharpen their critical and observational skills. Students visit some of the most important theatres in and around London. This course will help students to develop interesting ways of watching, thinking and writing about theatre. Students will also discuss the history and role of theatre criticism, the way it is changing and the different platforms that now exist. (1 credit)
    • 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.
    • Acting in Performance For this course students will rehearse and perform productions of major British and European classical works in a working London theatre. After 8 weeks of classes, students are split into companies and begin rehearsals, led by a British Theatre Director for 5 weeks culminating in a final performance in a professional theatre. 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)

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • Weekly theatre visits

    • Weekly Masterclasses with leading UK theatre practitioners, including actors, directors, and designers from the British and American stage.

  • Accommodation

    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.

    Learn more about the area around Lanward Court here.

    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.

    Learn more about the area around Westburn Place here.

    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.


    Facilities

    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:

    Mabel Aitken
    Mick Barnfather
    Russell Bentley
    Irina Brown
    Christopher Cook
    Marcelle Davies
    Paola Dionisotti
    Philip D’Orleans
    Lynn Farleigh
    David Freeman
    Nigel Gearing
    John Gorrie
    Jessica Higgs
    Kelly Hunter
    Eunice Roberts
    Jackie Snow
    John Tucker
    Zoe Waites
    Susannah Wise
    Leo Wringer

  • 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.

    Financial Assistance
    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

    slcaway@sarahlawrence.edu
    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
    cibironke@bada.org.uk
    T: +44 207 487 0730