Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Pathways to Dramatic Arts Education

RADA provides vital learning opportunities for disadvantaged young people in London who are interested in pursuing a career in the dramatic arts (acting and technical theatre). We encourage engagement from young people living in poverty and people from BAME backgrounds.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (312819)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom

  • “The visit to RADA made me realise that people are really determined and they work hard for their achievements rather than being just privileged.”

    — The Next Stage participant

  • “This project has inspired the young people to learn more about theatre skills and to try something new...The young people were given such a special opportunity which they all appreciate and still talk about with photos to look back at.”

    — Miriam (Surma Community Centre Camden) - Young Theatre Makers 2019

  • "I learnt many positive things about myself that I would not otherwise have know.Firstly, that I am capable of applying myself to new challenges and that ultimately, hard work and practice will always pay off. Secondly, I realise that arts forms are great emotional outlets when life gets difficult."

    — Youth Company in Acting participant


With continued cuts to arts education young people are receiving less exposure to the arts, most notably pupils from BAME backgrounds and low income families who are less likely to have access to the dramatic arts outside the classroom. RADA as a leader in training recognises that it is our responsibility to encourage diverse participation within higher education by creating accessible pathways to it.


Inclusivity and access are themes deeply embedded in RADA’s ethos. We are committed to reducing barriers to theatre by actively seeking to engage people with little or no access to the arts. Every year we enable people of all financial and social backgrounds to experience performing arts education of the highest standard. In comparison with other UK conservatoires, we offer the most robust widening participation and outreach programme, reaching over 2,500 disadvantaged young people each year.