Thank you for your interest in KADA and its courses. We provide full-time and part-time acting and directing training and after 25 years teaching actors for stage and screen, we are proud to quote the founder of the Academy:
“Everything important to the creation of character and good acting can be found here.”
Richard Brake (The Night King in Game of Thrones, Batman Begins)
What also makes us stand out from other drama schools is that our acting courses have an optional directing module course pathway which students can undertake whilst training at KADA.
This directing course pathway is unique in the country; it follows long-standing Russian director training strategies that famously combine tradition and innovation. A fully hands-on course, each of its students direct, among other things, several short and feature length, fully produced theatre productions in our house theatre, covering a variety of genres: drama, comedy, opera, Shakespeare etc…
All students in all of our courses benefit from the directing course because it provides performance experience unattainable in any other comparable acting course.
“The most honest and expedient route to helping people become the best actors they can be.”
David Bark-Jones (Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla/ The 39 Steps – West End – lead)
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Academy, we are re-launching our 3 year, full-time Diploma course based on the highly successful course designed by our founder, Sam Kogan, and which has been taught at the Academy for over twenty years.
The evening option (two evenings a week and all day Saturday) is also available and covers the same core content as the full-time course, however allowing its students to combine study with work.
We also currently deliver a full-time BA (Hons) acting course jointly with Kingston University London although recruitment for this course is not open this year. Our shining reports by the Quality Assurance Agency and British Accreditation Council can be accessed online. *
Graduates, many of whom teach in our courses having been personally trained by Sam Kogan to do so, include British and international actors ranging from the chameleon like Mike Leigh regular Eddie Marsan (Terry Donovan in Ray Donovan/ Mr Norrell in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) Sara-Marie Maltha (The Killing – Denmark) assistant director and wife of famed Danish director Bille August.
Others include Philip Bulcock (Jersey Boys – original West End cast), Pooky Quesnel (Shared Experience’s Anna Karenina, Great Expectations – 2012 film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Waterloo Road), Richard Brake (The Night King in Game of Thrones); Philip Pritchard (Trevor Nunn’s West End production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music).
KADA graduates also include renowned directors such as Emma Taylor, artistic director of Canal Cafe Theatre, home to the legendary NewsRevue, Audrey Sheffield (London theatre productions- The Scar Test/ We Too are Giants), Marie Parker-Shaw, Artistic Director of Månteatern in Lund, Sweden and Alex Dower, Artistic Director of international multi-award winning theatre company Creating Freedom who deliver projects using the Science of Acting in prisons, refugee camps and mental health settings world-wide.
“The Science of Acting has given me an ability to create my characters with an individuality and uniqueness.”
Sarah-Marie Maltha (The Killing – Denmark)
* Disclaimer: Recruitment for our BA (Hons) Acting course is not open this year. Please be aware that none of our other courses advertised are classed as University/Higher Education and, as such, do not attract funding in the United Kingdom such as Student Loans and will also not lead to a University degree. They are, nevertheless, based on Higher Education specifications and viable for University Validation. Our current 3 year, full time course is being proposed for validation as a new BA (Hons) Acting (and/or Acting and Directing Course) for example. In due time, once gaining university validation, the course can acquire Course Denomination also which will make its students eligible for Student Loans. In our experience, if validation for the above course occurs within a year, students joining it this year may be inducted into the BA (Hons) Acting pathway through an APL procedure. However, we are unable to confirm at this point that the abovementioned validation of our 3 year, full time course will indeed occur but we will be able to do so in the latter part of the Academic year.