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British American Drama Academy

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Phone  +44 20 7487 0730
Founded  1983
Address  14-15 Gloucester Gate, London NW1 4HG, UK
Similar  Royal Academy of Dramat, The Royal Central School of, Guildhall School of Music an, Drama Centre London, Sylvia Young Theatre S

Tour of the british american drama academy s london premises

The British American Drama Academy is a drama school in the United Kingdom.


Anna sciacccotta video audition for the london program at the british american drama academy


The British American Drama Academy (BADA) was founded in 1983 to enable students from around the world to study classical theatre with leading actors and directors of the British theatre. It is considered as one of the best drama schools in London. Founded by Anthony Branch based upon an idea he developed whilst living in La Jolla, California in 1982. The BADA was 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 planned to be in Santa Fe, New Mexico ["Founding of the BADA", Interviews by S. Washington, Masters Thesis, Yale University, 1998]. Anthony's talent, foresight, and network built from there a vibrant program that today serves the needs of hundreds, and includes a startling number of successful actors amongst its alumni and alumnae.

Notable students

Students have included:

  • Michael Arata
  • Jacinda Barrett
  • Byrdie Bell
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Jack Davenport
  • Chiara de Luca
  • Jennifer Ehle
  • Melissa Errico
  • Dan Futterman
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Mamie Gummer
  • Anna Gunn
  • Noah Harlan
  • Jamie Kennedy
  • Yunjin Kim
  • Dan Mandel
  • Tarell Alvin McCraney
  • T.J. Miller
  • Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Nicole Oliver
  • Oliver Platt
  • Paul Rudd
  • Marco Sanchez
  • David Schwimmer
  • Billy Slaughter
  • Adam Smoluk
  • Nicole Sullivan
  • Tracie Thoms
  • Nicolas Wright
  • Bellamy Young
  • Teachers

    Teachers have included: Ben Kingsley, Judi Dench, Rosemary Harris, Juliet Stevenson, Simon McBurney, John Barton, Brian Cox, Dorothy Tutin and Jeremy Irons.


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