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, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


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)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom

  • For me, it feels exactly the same as always. Nothing's changed – we all have this energy and love together, even if it’s through screens, and that’s amazing. We've all been involved as much as we can and always come with great energy and excitement.

    — Workshop participant 2020

  • I’ve never really been in a space with people where we discuss film to this degree. It’s really exciting hearing other people’s perspectives and how it really does differ to your own. You also pick up cool things you never really thought of.

    — Workshop participant 2020

  • So far the online sessions have been really helpful in helping me stay connected with the arts and also in giving me something to spend my time doing. At first I was apprehensive about how the ‘online world’ would seem, but I think it’s great to have a platform where we can keep sharing ideas.

    — Youth Company member


With continued cuts to arts education and the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the arts industry, young people are at risk of not being exposed to the educational benefits of the arts, most notably pupils from BAME backgrounds and low-income families. RADA as leader in dramatic arts training, believes that it is our responsibility to encourage diverse participation within higher education by creating accessible pathways to it.


RADA is committed to reducing barriers to theatre by actively seeking to engage people with little or no access to the arts. Every year we aim to enable people of all financial and social backgrounds to experience performing arts education of the highest standard. As the arts industry begins to re-build after COVID-19, it is fundamental that it is re-built with diversity and equality at its centre. Our work with young people will ensure that those with talent, will be the artists of the future.