Study acting abroad in Oxford on an intensive, month-long program. In association with the Yale School of Drama.

This program, based in Magdalen College in Oxford University, is designed for serious actors over the age of eighteen and focuses on British acting techniques with an emphasis on Shakespeare.  Participants work and live alongside the faculty in Oxford. The faculty consists of leading British theatre practitioners and faculty from top American graduate programs, and is run in association with Yale School of Drama. We welcome applicants at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as actors who are not enrolled in educational programs. BADA does not provide college credit for this program, nor are transcripts available.

Magdalen College is situated amid 100 acres of woodlands and boasts riverside walks, gardens and the tranquil Deer Park.

This program runs every summer. In 2017, the program will run from July 7th through August 6th.

Applications for the Midsummer in Oxford Program are currently closed. Applications for the 2018 programme will open in January. Please check back in the fall for 2018 programme dates. If you’d like to be notified when dates are announced or applications open, please sign up for our mailing list.

About the Audition
Please prepare two monologues: one from Shakespeare and one from a contemporary play of your choice. Please make sure that your Shakespeare piece is in verse. You have four minutes in total for the two monologues. You will also be given a Sonnet to read cold at the audition. If submitting a recorded audition, the cold reading will be mailed to you.

  • Classes

    Classes are held every weekday from 9:00 AM through 6:00 PM.

    Each week, students participate in scene study classes in Shakespeare and in Modern text along with one-to-one tutorials. Additional classes are given in Voice, Movement or Physical Acting, Audition Technique and Sonnets. No class has more than sixteen students.


    Masterclasses with leading actors and directors of the British and American stage are held twice per week.

    Recent Masterclass instructors include: John Barton, Fiona Shaw, Lucian Msamati, Deborah Warner, Simon Callow, Brian Cox, Henry Goodman, Julian Glover, Pippa Nixon, John Heffernan, David Suchet.

    For information about applying to the Midsummer in Oxford Program, please contact:

    Jennifer Rockwood
    T: 212 203 6956

    For further information or any questions regarding the Midsummer in Oxford Program, please contact:

    Christina Ibironke, Programs Manager
    T: +44 207 487 0730

  • Weekends
    On the Midsummer in Oxford Program, weekends are free from mandatory teaching classes enabling participants to explore historic Oxford or take a short trip into London for the day and see a show in the West End. Participants are also encouraged to use this free time to learn lines, rehearse together and prepare for the week ahead.

    Some of the exclusive masterclasses by leading theatre practitioners will be held on Sunday afternoons at Magdalen College. Full details will be provided on your arrival.

    No meals are provided over the weekend giving participants the opportunity to explore the variety of restaurants and cafes Oxford has to offer.

    BADA organises events and excursions for students throughout the program.

    Events & Excursions

    Trip to Stratford
    An all-day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare to see a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Where possible, leading members of the cast will visit Magdalen shortly thereafter to hold a masterclass exclusively for participants on the Midsummer in Oxford Program.

    Open Day
    On the final Saturday there is an Open Day during which participants will be able to share the work which they have developed throughout the course. Families and other guests are welcome to attend Open Day.

    Grad School Forum
    This evening forum presents an opportunity for undergraduate participants on the program to ask questions of a panel of fellow Midsummer in Oxford participants who are currently attending Graduate Acting programs across the US. Faculty members from American graduate programs also attend and offer insights from the programs’ perspectives.

    Summer BBQ Party
    Enjoy an evening BBQ on the lawns of Magdalen College accompanied by a very English game of Croquet.

    The cost of all events and excursions are included in the program fees.

  • Accommodation

    Participants on the Midsummer in Oxford Program will be accommodated in Magdalen College’s housing facilities. Please note that as the Magdalen College campus extends into the city some accommodation is located a short distance from the original grounds. Each participant will be allocated their own private dormitory room with shared bathroom and shower facilities. Due to the historic nature of the buildings in Oxford the rooms will vary in size and style. All rooms are allocated at random by the venue team at Magdalen College.


    Midsummer in Oxford Program is based at Oxford University’s beautiful Magdalen College which was founded in 1458 and is situated in the heart of the city. Ideally located about an hour from London and forty miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford is one of Europe’s great university cities and contains many of England’s most sublime and beautiful buildings and hosts some of its finest and most historic museums as well as beautiful parks and meadows for our summer program participants to explore.

    Program participants regularly take weekend trips to London during the Program to see the sights or take in a show.

    The BADA Office is located in the heart of Magdalen College. This is where you will find the BADA staff and faculty throughout the day along with the BADA library. Next to the office there is the computer room which has a student computer, LAN internet connection and printing and photocopying facilities.

    Midsummer in Oxford participants will take classes in several of the historic rooms of Magdalen College, as well as other stunning locations around Oxford including the Sheldonian Theatre, The Oxford Playhouse, the University Club and St Aldates.

    BADA’s formal welcome dinner, farewell dinner and all weekday meals are served in Magdalen College’s Dining Hall. In addition, the Old Kitchen Bar is open every day for lunch and afternoon tea as well as in the evenings from 6pm for participants to socialise and relax.

    Magdalen College also has a private deer park and meadow walk known as Addison’s walk, a favorite of Magdalen Fellow CS Lewis, which is perfect for a morning run or evening stroll.

    Please note that BADA is an organisation which contracts with Magdalen College for the use of its facilities for the duration of the Midsummer in Oxford Program, but which has no formal connection with The University of Oxford.

  • The Midsummer in Oxford faculty is comprised of distinguished actors and directors as well as leading teachers from Britain’s foremost drama schools.

    Recent faculty members include:

    Mick Barnfather
    Irina Brown
    James Bundy
    David Freeman
    John Gorrie
    Kelly Hunter
    Peter Francis James
    Joe Mydell
    Robert Price
    Jackie Snow
    John Tucker
    Andrew Wade
    Zoe Waites
    Leo Wringer

  • The 2017 Midsummer in Oxford Program fees are:

     Application Fee
    (non refundable)
    Tuition $3,960
    (including a single private room in Magdalen College campus and
    breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday, in Magdalen College Dining Hall)

    Students will be notified within four weeks of their audition whether or not they have been accepted. On acceptance, in order to hold their place, applicants will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of US$500, which is deductible from the fees payable.

    All fees are payable in US dollars and do not include transportation to/from Oxford.

    Financial Assistance

    BADA is a not-for-profit organisation committed to attracting as broad a range of students as possible and so we encourage students to apply to us directly for financial assistance.

    Awards from the BADA Scholarship Fund are allocated on merit, as shown in the audition and IF the applicant has expressed a need for financial assistance in their application form.

    Allocation of these awards will not be made until AFTER all admission decisions have been finalised.

    While BADA is committed to making its training accessible to all students, the BADA Scholarship Fund may not, in all cases be able to provide the award that matches the exact expressed need of each applicant.

    Fees for BADA’s summer programs are not eligible for payment under the federal loan system nor do they qualify as higher education expenses under the 529 plan as the Midsummer in Oxford program does not grant course credit. Unfortunately, BADA is not in a position to assist in the retention of any additional outside grant or loan assistance.

    BADA suggests that if you are offered a place on the program, you should then seriously consider the benefits of taking out a fee protection plan. If for any reason you cannot start or complete the course, insurance would alleviate if not eliminate your financial loss. More information about Fee Protection Insurance can be found in our Refund Policy document, available on our Policies page.