Performing Arts Abroad is teaming up with the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London to offer a unique acting course designed exclusively for PAA called “Shakespeare at Large.” This intensive program includes packed days of acting training at RADA’s facilities with some of their finest faculty, group attendance at performances at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the London National Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and free time to explore London and the best theatre the city has to offer.
For summer 2017 we are running two sessions. The first session from May 26th to June 11th will feature one week of intensive training followed by a week of mounting an abridged Shakespeare play, under a professional director, with minimal means, and culminating in a performance on the final day before staff and invited guests. The second session from Friday, August 11th to Sunday, August 20th will involve a full week of intensive training, and pairs nicely with our West End Musical Theatre Training Program (which begins July 22nd).
The training component of the program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, with an hour-long lunch break at 1:00 p.m.
In addition to the course at RADA, Performing Arts Abroad will be offering full on-site support including airport pickup, housing, orientation, city tours, attendance at performances, and much more. For a specific day by day schedule and bios of RADA’s lead instructors for the course, please see the PDFs on the “Host Group” tab.
Join us for the acting experience of a lifetime! Space is limited to 12 participants for the first session, and 14 participants for the second session. We have already begun receiving applications, and we anticipate the program will fill up quickly, so apply today!
-Age: Participants must be 18 or over the day they begin the program.
-GPA/Student Status: You do not need to be a student to participate in this program.
-Experience: The program is designed to cater to all levels, although we recommend that you have at least one year of theatre experience before applying. Prior experience with Shakespeare is not necessary, and instruction will be differentiated to varying skill levels.
-Motivation: We are looking for open-minded, flexible applicants who can clearly convey their passion for theatre, acting, Shakespeare, and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.
-Application Deadline: Session 1: March 6th, 2017; Session 2: May 22nd, 2017 (please see "Cost & Dates" tab for more details)
-Application Process: to apply, click the blue “Apply Now” button on this page. You will fill out a simple initial application online and pay a $200 deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will be applied toward your overall program cost if you are accepted (not an additional fee). At this point, we will ask you to send us the following materials:
-A questionnaire about your goals and interests
-Your availability for a 30 minute Skype interview
We will contact you regarding your acceptance within two weeks of your interview.
London is one of the most important cities in the world for acting and theater, and RADA is arguably its most prestigious training-ground. Perhaps no other area in the world can boast the variety and quality of theater performance and technical skill one may find in the theaters of London. This program also includes a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon to explore Shakespeare’s birthplace, home, grave, and the Royal Shakespeare Company and its theatre.
London’s exciting energy is contagious and will have you hooked the moment you arrive. In addition to the vibrant theater scene, you will have the chance to explore the historical, political, and cultural landmarks of the city with other participants. From Big Ben to Westminster Abbey, learn what it means to call London home. London is a worthwhile destination for even a short visit, and the ideal place for an intensive training course in acting Shakespeare.
Even though London has a reputation as a rainy city, it actually receives less annual precipitation than Rome, Toulouse, Naples and Sydney! Summers are warm and occasionally hot. Winters are generally cool and damp with little variation in the temperature. The majority of the rain happens during the winter. The average temperatures in the summer are 75F during the day and 60F at night. In the winter it is 47F during the day and 41F at night.
Participants will be housed in apartments located within London Underground zones 1-2. The apartments or “flats” will be located near all basic amenities, including public transportation, post office, grocery stores, and pharmacies, among others. Participants will share a flat with other program participants, and the size of the flat and number of rooms will vary from unit to unit.
Performing Arts Abroad works with a local housing provider to secure flats for each session, and more specific details—including the address for your session’s housing, the number of rooms and roommates in your flat, and the projected commute time from your flat to RADA (45 minutes or less)—will be communicated as part of the pre-departure process.
March 8th, 2017
May 1st, 2017
Session 1 Cost: $5,555
Session 2 Cost: $3,935
$200 application deposit due at time of application.
$500 program deposit due upon committing to program (1 week after acceptance).
SESSION 1: $3,000 housing payment due March 17th, remaining balance ($5,555 minus all previous payments and any scholarships/discounts) due April 24th.
SESSION 2: $1,500 housing payment due June 2nd, remaining balance ($3,935 minus all previous payments and any scholarships/discounts) due July 10th.
-Private airport pickup
-Free transportation in London (unlimited ride Oyster Card)
-Hop-on, Hop-off bus pass to explore London
-Group welcome meal
-Housing with other program participants in shared flats for the duration of the program
-Site visits, including a visit to Victoria and Albert Museum’s Theatre and Performance collection
-Full tuition for Shakespeare intensive course at RADA, designed exclusively for PAA
-Final performance of an abridged Shakespeare play directed by a professional London director (Session 1 only)
-Day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, including roundtrip transportation from London, entrance to Hall's Croft, Harvard House, Shakespeare's Birthplace and Grace and New Place, behind the scenes tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and attendance at a performance
-Attendance at two theatrical performances in London and one in Stratford-Upon-Avon
-Extensive staff support throughout all phases of the program
-24 hour emergency support
-CISI Travel Medical and Accident health insurance for all participants
-Post-program support including access to PAA alumni network
*All payments are non-refundable for this program, unless you are not accepted or the program must be canceled for any reason
Performing Arts Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner companies.
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) is arguably the most prestigious training center for actors in the world. RADA’s alumni include such notable performers as Vivien Leigh, Peter O’Toole, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston...and many more.
“Shakespeare at Large” is an enthralling and immersive journey exploring all aspects of performing Shakespeare, offering a unique opportunity to be taught by members of RADA’s distinguished faculty: teachers adept at bringing text to life with fun and excitement.
ARRIVAL AND TYPICAL DAY
You will book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport in London between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on the arrival date. Our Site Director Anna will be waiting at a pre-arranged meeting point where the group will gather. Once the last person reaches the meeting point (around 1:00 p.m.), Anna will travel with all of you to the housing where everyone will be given a welcome pack. You will have 30 minutes to drop off your bags and freshen up, and then you will gather for a 30 minute housing orientation with the housing supervisor. After this, Anna will lead the group on a walking tour of the neighborhood and will point out important sites such as ATMs, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. Following the neighborhood tour, you will be encouraged to go to bed to try and adjust to the new time zone! The next day, you will join a one-hour orientation about the program, health and safety, the city of London and British culture, followed by a Welcome Meal at a local pub or restaurant. Following the meal, the group will view the performance collection at the famous Victoria and Albert Museum. The rest of the day is yours for exploring London on your own with a Hop On / Hop Off bus pass we will provide!
For Monday to Friday of the program, you will have training from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by an hour for lunch and other classes or workshops in the afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. After the training session, we have arranged attendance at performances at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and free time to explore London on your own and see shows of your choosing. The first weekend of the program will include a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon to explore Shakespeare’s birthplace and home, pay tribute at his gravesite, and see a show at the renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre. For Session 1 participants, your second week will be focused on mounting an abridged Shakespeare play with a professional director, as well as continuing your training from the first week.
Download PDF RADA "Shakespeare at Large" Summer Acting Intensive1
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