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My Experience at RADA

Emily Rice participated in PAA’s RADA Summer Training intensive in the Summer of 2015.  She is from Grass Valley, California and studies Theatre Arts with a concentration in Acting and a Minor in Music at Sonoma State University.


During my time in London in August of 2015 I learned even more than I thought I could! Not only did I gain knowledge and training as far as acting and performance are concerned, but I also discovered a considerable amount about myself. I walked the streets of a city that I had loved forever and felt at home. And I made friends and connections with people that I never would’ve met if not for Performing Arts Abroad and RADA.


While in London I grew as an actress both in the classroom at RADA and through the shows I was able to see both with PAA and on my own. I saw a play or musical 7 out of the 8 nights that I was there, and the opportunity to see amazing theatre is probably the thing I will remember most about my trip.

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Kinky Boots, Much Ado About Nothing, War Horse, As You Like It, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime are just some of the shows I had the pleasure of seeing, and it was so amazing to leave the classroom at RADA and notice the things I had learned in the theatre I watched that night.

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Personally, I have always wanted to explore the world and see history and art for myself. As a fan of all forms of art, traveling to London and RADA through Performing Arts Abroad provided me with all that my little artist’s heart desired.

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I went the the National Gallery and the British Museum, toured the South Bank and the Tate Modern, I learned the proper pronunciation of certain street names while riding the tube with the locals.

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I will never forget my experience in RADA and PAA’s summer program, and I am planning a trip back to London through Performing Arts Abraod and CA Sonoma State University for Summer 2017!

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