MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre
FOUR-TERM COURSE, VALIDATED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT
Challenging and intense, this course is for international actors who wish to develop their craft through an in-depth exploration of the classical canon. Prioritising ensemble work, it will build upon your prior experience and encourage growth through conservatoire training.
Based on a contemporary investigation of Shakespeare’s plays, the course also explores works from the Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, Restoration and French Classical Theatre periods. It culminates in a public production in London and showcases in New York and Los Angeles to ease actors’ re-entry into the industry.
Alumni include Edward Herrmann (Gilmore Girls), Dana Ivey (The Help) and Stacy Keach (Prison Break).
The course is delivered through a combination of classwork, scene study and workshop performances, which are closed to the public. Classes – including acting, voice, movement, textual analysis and contextual studies, stage combat and historical dance – strengthen students’ existing skills and prepare them for the rehearsal process. Scene study focuses on integrating technical skills with the exploration of language and action.
In the final term, students perform a public production of a classical text in The LAMDA Linbury Studio. Agents and casting directors are invited to attend. In addition, as their thesis presentation, students devise and perform their response to a classical text for an internal audience.
Students attend masterclasses and lectures with visiting actors, agents, casting directors and other industry professionals throughout their course. Those who are eligible to work in the USA can participate in LAMDA’s showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation.
This course is for international students with a BA or BFA degree or equivalent. Students without a first degree must demonstrate a comparable level of knowledge and experience gained in a professional company or at a vocational drama school.
The minimum entry age is 18 but, due to the experience necessary for this course, most incoming students are 21 and over. There is no upper age limit. Applicants must be fluent English speakers.
Admission is by audition and interview. Click here to read more about our audition process.
Applications open on 1 October 2013 and close on 3 March 2014. We cannot accept any application submitted after this deadline.
Online application fee for an audition in the UK or EU: £44
Online application fee for an audition in North America or at another non-EU venue: £72
Click here to apply online.
Paper application fee for an audition in the UK or EU: £58
Paper application fee for an audition in North America or at another non-EU venue: £82
You can download and print the paper application form below.
Click here for more information on our application process
TERM DATES FOR 2014/15
Autumn Term: TBC
Spring Term: TBC
Summer Term: TBC
High Summer Term: TBC
TUITION FEES 2014/15
The tuition fee for this course is £18,800.
- Fees for each term must be paid in advance and no later than the date specified in the student’s offer letter. Any student who is in arrears with regard to his/her fees will not be able to progress with their training until all outstanding monies owed to LAMDA are paid. Students who have not paid fees in full prior to completing their programme of study will have their degree withheld until such payments are made.
- Students, in exceptional circumstances, intending to leave LAMDA must give at least one full term's notice in writing of such intention to the Principal. Students will be liable for fees throughout the notice period (eg. if a student leaves halfway through the autumn term, they are liable for the remainder of the fees for that term and the full fees for the following spring term).
- In the unlikely event that LAMDA is compelled to close due to a force majeure, no fees can be returned nor compensation made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work as a result of circumstances beyond its control.
There is no UK government funding available for this course. LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (School code: G21086). Click here for more information on funding your training.
LAMDA does not have its own student housing. We include advice on finding accommodation in the information pack sent to students on enrolment. Click here for some useful links.
VISAS AND IMMIGRATION
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for entry to the UK. Click here for more information.
Students train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.
LAMDA reserves the right to alter the advertised courses and course content.
Note: We are redeveloping the west end of our campus to create a professionally equipped 200-seat theatre and 12 new studios, including a flexible performance space and a screen and audio suite. Construction begins in summer 2014 and we plan to open the new building in 2016. All courses will operate as normal throughout the build, but some classes and rehearsals may take place off-site.