London Dramatic Academy

Our musical theatre students have the chance to study at the London Dramatic Academy, which addresses theatre as a craft and enables students to improve their skills during the intensive 14-week semester. LDA is not confined to one method but offers the widest variety of instruction. Integral to the programme are weekly visits to London theatres such as the National, the Royal Court, the Almeida, and the Barbican. Students should experience diverse forms of performance. In addition to plays, participants attend ballet and modern dance performances, opera, and a symphony concert. The semester's programme also includes exclusive performances at the Centre given by distinguished actors.

The London Dramatic Academy is located at 23 Kensington Square, in one of the most charming areas of London and only five minutes from the High Street Kensington underground station. Centrally located, near museums such as the Victoria and Albert, the Science, and the Natural History, LDA shares its premises with Heythrop College, the philosophy and religion school of the University of London. The program has large studios, a library, and smaller rooms for tutorial work. A full-time academic coordinator and office staff are on site to oversee housing, orientation, counseling, events, and activities for all students. Campus facilities include a library, computer lab, cafeteria, and common room.

In addition to the GPA requirement, students from the School of Music must already have completed the entire theory sequence and one musical theatre internship prior to starting an application.

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Other Opportunities

Our students often have the chance to perform or study with our faculty in countries around the globe. For example, students have studied with Sharon Christman, Chair of the Vocal Division, during a summer program in Italy which involves the Perugia Music Festival. Students have also traveled to Terezin, Czech Republic, to perform Professor Murry Sidlin's concert drama Defiant Requiem. 

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Study Abroad

You have the opportunity to study at locations all over the world, including the new Rome Center of The Catholic University of America and The Australian Catholic University.

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