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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Charity information

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) is a world renowned drama school and a centre of excellence for the training of actors, stage managers, directors and technical craft specialists.

Founded 1904

  • Mission statement

    RADA aims to offer the very finest vocational training to the most talented actors and technicians to pursue life-long careers in the dramatic arts whether in theatre, film, television or radio.

    The founding vision of the Academy was that it would be a resource to the most talented and highly skilled actors for the constantly evolving world of contemporary drama, regardless of their background or financial circumstances. Providing a range of bursaries and financial assistance, RADA has never turned away a student for financial reasons and adheres to a strict policy of auditioning all applicants for its courses including over 3,000 for 28 places on its 3 year BA Acting course.

    A key part of RADA's mission is to be accessible to as wide a range of the population as possible and to create pathways into higher education. RADA's Widening Participation and Outreach department has been delivering programmes for schools, youth groups and community groups in underprivileged areas since 1997.

    RADA's many successful and celebrated alumni are a testament to the Academy's standing as the leading training ground for the creative industries. Household names include Lord Attenborough Kt CBE, Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE, Sir John Gielgud, Richard Briers CBE, Mike Leigh OBE, Glenda Jackson CBE, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw CBE, Ralph Fiennes, Kenneth Branagh, Juliet Stevenson, Dame Diana Rigg, Clive Owen, Jane Horrocks, Sean Bean, Maxine Peak, Timothy Spall, Gemma Arterton and Ben Whishaw.

  • Aims

    Royal Academy of Dramatic Art aims to:

    • To find and nurture the finest talent to produce exceptional artists and technicians who can shape the future of the dramatic arts regardless of their backgrounds or financial circumstances.
    • To offer international leadership in drama and drama training and advance the study, practice and knowledge of dramatic literature in the UK and throughout the English-speaking world.
    • To promote and operate an academy of dramatic art for the training of exceptionally talented actors and technicans for the creative industries.
    • To support the ethos of social inclusion and widening participation in drama activities by providing education and outreach programmes in the wider community for people aged from 16 to over 60.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1904

    Registered Charity Number: 312819

    Board members: 27

    Full time staff: 56

    Part time staff: 69

    Phone number: 020 7908 4778

    Address: 62-64 Gower StreetLondon WC1E 6ED

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website