British American Drama Academy

The British American Drama Academy is a drama school in London, in the United Kingdom. It is affiliated with Sarah Lawrence College and Yale University.


The British American Drama Academy (BADA) was founded in 1983 by Tony Branch and Carolyn Sands based upon an idea they developed whilst living in La Jolla, California in 1982. Its goal is to enable students from around the world to study classical theatre with leading actors and directors of the British theatre.

The BADA's aim was also to bring the best British directors and teachers together with young actors of great promise in North America and from elsewhere. Working initially from his apartment in La Jolla, Anthony enlisted volunteers (including James Pearson, Robert Zimmerman, and many others) to help organize the first class for the first summer program, which was planned to be in Santa Fe, New Mexico [1]

In the program moved in 1985 to Regents Park, London, in order to be better connected with the British theatreworld. Since 1988, it has been affiliated with the Sarah Lawrence College, which has spring or fall semesters with BADA in London for credit.[2]

Midsummer in Oxford ProgrammeEdit

Running since 1984, BADA holds a three-week programme known as the 'Midsummer in Oxford' programme, in which participants study, live and work alongside BADA and its associated practitioners in Oxford. The programme is based in Magdalen College in Oxford University. It is run in association with Yale School of Drama.[3]

Notable AlumniEdit

Past students have included:


Those running masterclasses at BADA have included: Ben Kingsley, Judi Dench, Rosemary Harris, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Juliet Stevenson, Simon McBurney, John Barton, Brian Cox, Dorothy Tutin, Sir Derek Jacobi, Kelly Hunter, and Jeremy Irons.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Founding of the BADA, Interviews by S. Washington, Masters Thesis, Yale University, 1998
  2. ^ "BADA's History – BADA". Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  3. ^ "British American Drama Academy (BADA): Midsummer in Oxford Program | Study Abroad | Yale University". Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "BADA Alumni". British American Drama Academy. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Nicole Oliver Biography". Retrieved April 13, 2014. She continued her studies in London and Oxford at the prestigious British American Dramatic Academy, an institution that is affiliated with Yale University. Nicole had a dream team of instructors, including Jeremy Irons.

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