Is this Program Right for You?
Sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College and the British American Drama Academy (BADA), the London Theatre Program offers students an opportunity to work and study with leading actors and directors from the world of British theater. Through a combination of classes, tutorials, master classes and performances, students take part in the great theatrical tradition of Britain. Designed for dedicated students who wish to study acting in London, the program is highly selective and the number of students accepted is limited.
Note: An audition is required as part of the application. Students are strongly encouraged to audition in person. More details on scheduling an audition can be found on the Sarah Lawrence website.
Students receive 15 credits for each semester of the program. In addition to a set curriculum of courses, students participate in regular tutorials, master classes and excursions. Please review the Sarah Lawrence College program website for more information on the program curriculum and courses. Course Equivalency: View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses.
Students who come for either the Fall or Spring semester take the following courses:
- Scene Study: Shakespeare (2 credits)
- Scene Study: High Comedy (2 credits)
- Scene Study: Modern Physical Theater (2 credits)
- Acting in Performance (3 credits)
- Voice (1 credit)
- Movement (1 credit)
- Stage-Fighting (1 credit)
- Theatre History (2 credits)
- Dramatic Criticism (1 credit)
An important supplement to the curriculum are the regular tutorials (conferences), where students study individually or in small groups with members of the faculty. These are devoted to improving the acting ability of the students.
In addition to Classwork, a number of master classes will be held. These are given by leading members of the Theatrical Profession. Those giving Master Classes in recent years have included, David Leveaux, Henry Goodman, Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Juliet Stevenson and Max Stafford-Clark.
Eight theatre visits are arranged as part of the Dramatic Criticism course. These visits are arranged in close consultation with the leading theatre critic responsible for teaching the Dramatic Criticism course. The excursions will include visits to performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at the Barbican in London, and by the Royal National Theatre in London.
Housing and Meals
Students will be placed in apartments located within a 20-30 minute walk from Gloucester Gate. The apartments include fully furnished kitchens where students can prepare their meals. Students will be housed in double rooms.
Lectures and Trips
The London theatre has established itself as the principal focal point for drama in the English-speaking world. Nowhere else can there be found such a diversity of plays or such a range of talent. The resources of London are therefore central to students' experience in The London Theatre Program. Attendance at performances is an integral part of the program. Master classes and talks with guest artists from the theatre world are arranged throughout each semester.