Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Offering pathways to drama training at RADA

We want our world-leading training to be available to talented young people across the UK, especially those under-represented in the arts and higher education (HE). This includes people from BAME backgrounds, people with physical and sensory impairments and people living beyond South East England.

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It ran from 3:12 PM, 11 November 2016 to 3:12 PM, 11 November 2016


Registered Charity in England and Wales (312819)




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  • [The benefits of the project were] allowing our students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds to work with people who are professionals in this industry. Allowing them to see different career paths especially in the Arts and watching performances from

    — Teacher, Woolwich Polytechnic School

  • Fantastic teaching and brilliantly accessible look into Shakespeare. Thank you!

    — Camden Summer University Participant

  • The workshop definitely inspired our young people to look at possible further/higher education possibilities in the arts.

    — Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, Access to Acting Project


There is a perception, fuelled by stories in the press, that to become an actor, or to work in theatre, you need to be from a privileged background, even to pay the fees for training. For decades, RADA has trained people from diverse backgrounds and we want to continue this and improve on our record, especially for young people from disadvantaged and BAME backgrounds. This project supports our outreach work to create and sustain that talent pipeline.


Our solutions: -Create new pathways into technical theatre training, especially for young people from BAME backgrounds -Offer workshops in and beyond London to disadvantaged young people and encourage them to consider applying to RADA or other conservatoi