BADA Summer Series (Summer 2020)


    To all BADA alumni,

    Whatever your program, whatever your year, come and join us online this summer for a chance to continue to train with and learn from members of the BADA Faculty, the BADA Council, and friends!

    We’ve put together an array of opportunities for you to listen and learn as well as the chance to continue to work with some of our most popular masterclass guests. Brush up your Shakespeare, work on your audition speech, or ask questions of award winning actors, directors, and playwrights.






    Times below are BST which is 5 hours ahead of EDT and 8 hours ahead of PDT.

    June 9 7:00 PM BST Interview with BADA Patron Brian Cox CBE (recording)
    June 11 7:00 PM BST Q&A with director David Leveaux
    June 16 7:00 PM BST Conversation with actress Miriam Margolyes OBE (recording)
    June 18 8:00 PM BST Audition Speech Masterclass with actress Pippa Nixon *
    June 23 4:00 PM BST Q&A with playwright Antoinette Nwandu (please note new time!)
    June 25 6:00 PM BST Shakespeare Masterclass with actor Henry Goodman *
    June 30 7:00 PM BST Conversation with actor Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (audio recording)
    July 2 6:00 PM BST Shakespeare Masterclass with voice faculty member John Tucker *
    July 7 6:00 PM BST Q&A with actor/producer/director Elliot Barnes-Worrell
    July 9 6:00 PM BST Audition Speech Masterclass with faculty member Madeleine Potter *


    Please note: Live events will take place on Zoom and will not be available for streaming afterwards. Recorded conversations will be released at 7:00 PM BST (2:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 11:00 AM PDT) on the date listed and will be available to stream for one week.

    * The June 18, June 25, July 2, and July 9 events will include working participants in addition to a viewing audience. If you are interested in being a participant for any of these events (limit one) please complete the Registration form (see the Register tab) and email about your desire to participate. We cannot guarantee that all requests to participate will be honored.


    Interview with BADA Patron Brian Cox CBE (recording)
    Brian Cox and Dean Eunice Roberts talk about Brian’s career, including his current work as Logan Roy on HBO’s Succession, working with young artists, and his long association with the Moscow Art Theatre.
    Q&A with director David Leveaux
    Join us for a Q&A with Tony, Olivier, and Emmy nominated director David Leveaux about his approach to directing and what he looks for in an audition room.
    Conversation with actress Miriam Margolyes OBE (recording)
    Miriam Margolyes and Dean Eunice Roberts discuss Miriam’s personal approach to finding the voice of a character and how, as a young actress, Miriam’s experience working in audio shaped her process.
    Audition Speech Masterclass with actress Pippa Nixon
    Find new aspects of your audition monologue with Pippa Nixon. Four participants will be invited to work with Pippa. Please email your selected audition speech (no more than two minutes in length) and your acting CV to if you would like to be considered.

    Q&A with playwright Antoinette Nwandu
    Join award winning playwright Antoinette Nwandu (The Whiting Award, The Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, The Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize) as she shares advice and discusses the approach and inspiration behind her work with Dean Eunice Roberts.
    Shakespeare Masterclass with actor Henry Goodman
    Develop your approach to Shakespeare with Henry Goodman. Four participants will be invited to work one-on-one during this masterclass; selected participants will be sent speeches to become familiar with beforehand. Please email your acting CV and playing age range to if you would like to be considered.
    Conversation with actor Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (audio recording)
    Sir Patrick Stewart and Dean Eunice Roberts discuss his quarantine #ASonnetADay project and his approach to performing sonnets.
    Shakespeare Masterclass with voice faculty member John Tucker
    Explore Shakespearean text with John Tucker. Four participants will be invited to work one-on-one during this masterclass; selected participants will be sent speeches to become familiar with beforehand. Please email your acting CV and playing age range to if you would like to be considered.
    Q&A with actor/producer/director Elliot Barnes-Worrell
    Join Elliot Barnes-Worrell and Dean Eunice Roberts as they discuss Elliot’s recent quarantine project #thinkingoutloudquarantineshakespeare and creating your own work and opportunities.
    Audition Speech Masterclass with faculty member Madeleine Potter
    Discover new aspects of your audition monologue with Madeleine Potter. Four participants will be invited to work with Madeleine. Please email your selected audition speech (no more than two minutes in length) and your acting CV to if you would like to be considered.



    Elliot Barnes-Worrell is an actor, poet and teacher who currently stars in the ITV series Van der Valk. He graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama, where he won the Sir John Gielgud Award and was the winner of the Actors Centre Alan Bates Award 2012. He has starred in Poirot and Dr Who, and has performed with the RSC (where he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award) and The National Theatre. As a poet, he performs all over London. His poetry challenges class, stereotypes, sexuality and religion with humorous, dark and moving material. As a teacher, he runs workshops in various colleges in London, working on unlocking the language of Shakespeare, the creative process and poetry.


    Brian Cox CBE is the Patron of the British American Drama Academy. An Olivier, Emmy, Lortel, and Golden Globe-winning actor and director, Brian is a celebrated presence on stage and screen in both Great Britain and the United States and has been for more than five decades. His career spans theatre: King Lear and Richard III (National Theatre), Rat in the Skull (Royal Court), Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Championship Season (Broadway), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Broadway), and Art (Broadway); film: Churchill, The Bourne Identity, X2: X-Men United, Adaptation, Rob Roy, and Braveheart; and television: Succession, Frasier, Nuremberg, and Deadwood.


    Henry Goodman is a member of the BADA Council and a frequent masterclass instructor in London and Oxford. He recently starred as Constant Coquelin in the Richmond Theatre’s Edmond de Bergerac as well as working on a number of forthcoming films.

    He won the Best Supporting Actor Award in 1992 for his performance as the original Roy Cohn in Angels in America, the Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical in 1993 for Assassins, and in 1994 was nominated as Best Actor of the Year for his performance in Hysteria at the Royal Court.

    Henry recently starred as Lucian Freud in Looking at Lucian in the Ustinov Studio, Bath. He has starred as Volpone in Volpone at the RSC in Statford. Prior to this he starred as Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Duchess Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), The Winslow Boy (Old Vic), Holy Rosenburgs (National Theatre) and in Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End). Other credits include Duet for One with Juliet Stevenson, Fiddler on the Roof, The Birthday Party with Eileen Atkins and Chicago in the West End, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, After the Fall, Broken Glass, Guys and Dolls, Summerfolk and Trevor Nunn’s production of The Merchant of Venice for which he won the Olivier Actor of the Year Award at the National Theatre. Broadway credits include Art and Tarfuffe. He also starred as Richard III in the RSC’s production of Richard III in Stratford. Recent TV and film work includes the highly acclaimed Yes, Prime Minister, The Damned United and Taking Woodstock.


    David Leveaux is an Emmy, Olivier, and five-time Tony Award nominated director who has worked extensively in London and on Broadway. David’s recent work includes directing the multi Emmy Award winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live for NBC, the feature film The Exception with Christopher Plummer, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with Daniel Radcliffe at the Old Vic in London, and David Hare’s Plenty with Rachel Weisz for The Public Theatre New York.

    Previous work: Closer (Donmar Warehouse), Romeo and Juliet (Broadway), Arcadia (West End and Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway), Jumpers (National Theatre and Broadway, Tony nominations for outstanding direction and best revival), The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony Award for best revival, nominated for outstanding direction), Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Nine (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony Award for best revival, nominated for outstanding direction), The Glass Menagerie (Broadway), Anna Christie (Broadway, Tony Award for best revival, nominated for outstanding direction), No Man’s Land (Almeida), Betrayal (Almeida and Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Electra (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Moonlight (Almeida), The Distance From Here (Almeida), Romeo and Juliet (RSC), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Riverside, West End and Broadway, Tony nominations for outstanding direction and best revival), The Late Middle Classes (Donmar Warehouse), Sinatra Live at the London Palladium, The Father (National Theatre), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (RSC), Rudolph (Vienna), Tales of Ballycumber and The Three Sisters (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Turn of the Screw (Scottish Opera), The Marriage of Figaro and Salome (ENO).


    Miriam Margolyes OBE is the winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress Award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence. She is currently recurring as Mother Mildred on the BBC hit Call the Midwife and can soon be heard as Despair in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Audible series.

    Margolyes received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in Little Dorrit and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress on Radio in 1993. Her first professional work was for the BBC Drama Repertory Company and her voice work has continued to form an important part of her career. She is particularly proud of The Queen and I, in which she played every member of the Royal Family and the E.F. Benson series of Mapp & Lucia. She has voiced many animation films and was Fly in Babe, the Matchmaker in Mulan and voiced “Happy Feet” and “Flushed Away”. In 2002 Margolyes was awarded the OBE for her services to Drama in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Her film credits include Professor Sprout in Harry Potter, the Nurse in Romeo + Juliet, Little Dorrit, Ladies in Lavender, Being Julia, the BBC comedy Blackadder, as well as stage performances in Endgame and Wicked. She appeared alongside Barbara Streisand in The Guilt Trip and in The Wedding Video with Dame Harriet Walter.


    Pippa Nixon is a member of the BADA Council and a frequent masterclass instructor in London and Oxford who recently played Ursula at The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the National Theatre. She also recently starred on London’s West End, as Gwendolyn in Classic Spring Theatre Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest at The Vaudeville Theatre. Pippa has had numerous roles in film and television as well as recording drama for BBC Radio, but she is best known for her critically acclaimed theatre work. During her early successful stage career, Nixon took on a mixture of roles in both contemporary and classical writing. She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and at the Globe Theatre.

    Nixon was cast for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Roy Williams’ Days of Significance which played at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon before moving to the Tricycle Theatre in London. Nixon then worked at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, where she was commended in the prestigious Ian Charleson Awards for her portrayal of Jessica in The Merchant of Venice.

    Recent television work includes MotherFatherSon, and Queen’s of Mystery.

    Nixon was in two series of 24Seven for Granada Television, playing Jax Duffy. She has also appeared in other major TV series such as Holby City, The Bill and Law and Order. Other TV credits include Grantchester and Cuffs. In 2012, Nixon played the Lightmaster in John Carter (directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton). Nixon played the leading role of Amy in Panic (directed by Sean Spencer) and starred an episode of Midsommer Murders. In April 2016, Nixon starred in the Shakespeare Live event, which was screened on BBC 2 to celebrate Shakespeare 400, performing a scene from As You Like It with co-star Alex Waldmann. Nixon made her debut at the National Theatre playing the role of Charlotte in Sunset at the Villa Thalia.


    Antoinette Nwandu is a playwright who also writes for film & tv. Her play Pass Over (LCT3; Steppenwolf) was a NYT Critic’s Pick and won a Lucille Lortel Award and a Jeff Award for Best Play. A filmed version of Pass Over—directed by Spike Lee—premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and at SXSW, and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Her play Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate premiered at Victory Gardens. And her play Tuvalu, or The Saddest Song was due to premiere at The Vineyard Theater during the Spring 2020 season. Antoinette is under commission from The Denver Center, Ars Nova & Audible. Antoinette’s writing has won the Whiting Award, the Samuel French Next Step Award, the Cullman Prize, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Sky Cooper Prize, and spots on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists. She is a MacDowell Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and an Ars Nova Play Group alum, and her work has been developed & supported by The Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, Ignition Fest, The Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Page73, PlayPenn, Southern Rep, The Flea, Naked Angels, Fire This Time, and The Movement Theater Company. In film & tv, Antoinette wrote for Season 2 of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix), and is adapting the short story “Wash Clean the Bones” for Amazon Studios from the collection Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.


    Madeleine Potter is an actress and director residing in London. She has dual Irish and American citizenship, and most recently appeared as Gertrude in Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC opposite Michael Urie. She previously appeared in The Glass Menagerie (Fords Theatre, 2016). Her London credits include Electra and The Internationalist (Gate Theatre), 4:48 Psychosis (Royal Court), After Mrs Rochester, Madame Melville, An Ideal Husband (West End), All My Sons, Southwark Fair (National Theatre), Broken Glass (Tricycle), The Waters Edge (Arcola). Her Broadway credits include Plenty, Slab Boys, Metamorphoses, Coastal Disturbances, The Master Builder, The Crucible, A Little Hotel On the Side. Other NY credits include Pygmalion (Roundabout), Richard III (NYSF), Playboy of the Western World and many more. Madeleine’s film credits include The Bostonians, Slaves of New York, The Golden Bowl and The White Countess, all for Merchant Ivory; recent television includes Foyles War, Houdini and Mr Selfridge (2016) in which she played Elizabeth Arden. She has taught for BADA (since 2002), and FSU, and she has directed for MMU, Rose Bruford and Synergy Theatre Project. Madeleine is a member of the Actors Studio.


    Sir Patrick Stewart OBE Patrick Stewart’s work has included roles on stage, television, and film in a career spanning almost six decades. He is a multiple time Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Saturn Award nominee. Beginning his career with a long run with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart received the 1979 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Antony and Cleopatra on the West End. Stewart’s first major screen roles were in BBC-broadcast television productions during the mid-late 1970s, including Hedda, and the I, Claudius miniseries.

    From the 1980s onward, Stewart began working in American television and film, with prominent leading roles such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series of superhero films, the lead of the Starz TV series Blunt Talk, and voice roles such as CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock in American Dad! and the narrator in Ted. Having remained with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in 2008 Stewart played King Claudius in Hamlet on the West End and won a second Olivier Award.

    In 2010, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.


    John Tucker‘s voice work is at the forefront of contemporary theatre, TV, and film in Britain today ( Clients include Cressida Bonas, Kathryn Drysdale, Edward Holcroft, William Houston, Katherine Kingsley, Elliot Levey, Sophie Okonedo, Diana Quick, Orlando Seale, Andrew Simpson, Toby Stephens, Indira Varma, and Daisy Waterstone. Client theatre credits include: Electra (Old Vic), Man and Superman (National Theatre), Les Liasons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse), Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Treatment (Almeida Theatre), Three Sisters (Young Vic), Titus Andronicus (Globe), The Crucible (Old Vic) and The Crucible (Broadway). In 2017 client TV appearances include Alias Grace (Netflix), The Durrells (ITV) and in 2016 Dr. Thorne (ITV), London Spies (BBC2), The Hollow Crown (BBC2) and Undercover (BBC1). Theatre credits as voice coach include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Headlong Theatre), Bloody Poetry (RADA), and Stovepipe (National Theatre – ‘top ten theatre productions of the decade’ Sunday Times). In May 2016, John directed the first ever Shakespeare Festival in Uzbekistan for the British Council. In November 2016, John directed Hamlet in a series of workshops at The Actors Center in New York. John Tucker is a faculty member teaching voice at the British American Dramatic Academy (BADA). John also teaches voice at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Norman Ayrton Summer Shakespeare (Summer 2020)


    Named after BADA’s first Dean, the Norman Ayrton Summer Shakespeare is an online summer study opportunity for high school students aged 16 – 18. Discover Shakespeare’s work through an exploration of sonnets and scene studies designed to give students an understanding of how Shakespeare’s language can guide actors towards making choices in creating and developing character. Students will also examine character through action and physicality and will learn about the Elizabethan era that shaped Shakespeare’s work.

    Students will develop their characters and scenes across the three weeks and the Summer Shakespeare will culminate in a sharing of the work with students, faculty, and family.

    About Norman Ayrton

    The first Dean of BADA, Norman Ayrton was a renowned acting teacher who oversaw top training programs in both the United Kingdom and the United States, with long tenures at LAMDA, Juilliard, the Royal Academy of Music, and at BADA, where he created the London Theatre Program.

    Norman was incredibly passionate about training talented, young actors. He left a bequest to BADA specifically to support the participation of young actors on BADA’s programming.

    To learn more about Norman, read BADA’s tribute to Norman or his obituary at The Stage.



    The course will run weekdays from July 13 – July 31, 2020.

    Each class runs 90 minutes and will be conducted on Zoom.

    Class sessions will start at 5:30 PM BST / 12:30 PM EDT / 11:30 AM CDT / 9:30 AM PDT.


    Download a sample schedule:










    Shakespeare Scene Study with David Kenworthy Investigate Shakespeare’s characters from a range of perspectives using both modern and traditional techniques. ‘Character’ is examined through action, physicality and psychology whilst experimenting with interpretation and style.

    Exploring Text with Dean Eunice Roberts Looking at sonnets and in depth scene study, explore how the language works to develop and support the character.

    Cultural History: Discover the Age of Shakespeare with Brian Ridgers Discover the Elizabethan era and the origin of Elizabethan text in twice weekly classes. Performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Globe in London will also be viewed online.



    The Summer 2020 Faculty will be:


    Eunice Roberts Dean of BADA. Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has a wide professional acting experience in theatre and television. One of her first jobs was the Old Vic World Tour of Hamlet with Sir Derek Jacobi – who was BADA’s Patron for many years. For most of her professional life she has combined acting with teaching and has had the good fortune to tour American universities many times with Actors From The London Stage, in Shakespeare plays, she remains an Associate Director of the company. She has returned to work at various campuses, including for a year being the Visiting Director of Theatre at Vassar College. Eunice has written & produced her own one woman show; Wonderful Women on the Victorian actress Ellen Terry, as well as a devised piece …one, two, three… based on Twelfth Night. She was Producer for the embedded recorded time for the new Norton online edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare – 69 scenes, from 23 plays with 26 actors. She has worked for BADA since 2006 in London and Oxford.


    David Kenworthy Currently director of drama for Marlborough College and artistic director of Neutral Space Theatre Company which specialises in multi-lingual performance. As a freelance director credits include The Country (Library Theatre Company); The Possibilities (LTC) Macbeth (KESS company) and Damages (National Theatre Studio). For Neutral Space The Piano Man; Romeo and Juliet; Folkestone and To See a Lamb.


    Brian Ridgers has been teaching theatre and literature to American study abroad students as well as English Undergraduates for the last sixteen years. He specialises in Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature, Modern Theatre as well as Victorian Literature. Brian’s interests are the Shakespeare’s history in Stratford upon Avon and in London, Shakespeare and performance; contemporary critical theory on gender, race and identity in relation to dramatic narrarive. Brian also works on Victorianism with a focus on class, gender and biographical narratives. Brian is interested in the reputation of Shakespeare’s writing career from the sixteenth century to the present day, his family in Stratford and how he spent his time there. He is also interested in the different elements of Shakespeare’s theatrical career in London, his position as a chief writer for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and then the King’s Men as well as his part ownership of the Globe and the theatre at Blackfriars.

    For full biographies of our Faculty, please visit our Faculty page.



    Students will be invited to observe online masterclasses and recorded Q&A sessions with BADA alumni featuring our Masterclass Teachers, members of the BADA Council, and other guests. Masterclasses will be scheduled throughout the three weeks of Summer Shakespeare and will be available to view either live or as a recording at times convenient to the participants.