London Theatre Program (BADA)




Become part of London’s great theatrical tradition as you work and study with leading actors and directors from the world of British theatre.

Program of Study

Students take acting classes, master classes, and workshops with leading artists from the British stage, complemented by individual tutorials with teachers. A faculty from Britain's foremost drama schools teaches technical classes in voice, movement, and stage fighting.

Classes in theatre history and theatre criticism, tickets to some of the best productions of the season, and the experience of performing in a professional theatre round out the program.

Students may join the program in either the fall or spring semester. 

Semester Curriculum

Students may join the program in either the fall or spring semester, and receive a full semester of Sarah Lawrence College academic credit (15 credits).

The first eight weeks of the program include classes in:

Scene Study: Shakespeare
This practical acting course enables the students to search for, find, and explore the structure of Shakespeare’s texts in a physical and active way. The aim by the end of this course is for the students to have achieved a deeper connection with the drama of the words. This course will give students a greater sense of confidence in Shakespeare’s language and students will find they can speak the text more naturalistically even while honoring the given demands of the structure. This course looks at various plays—comedy, history, and tragedy and gives particular attention to textual analysis and verse speaking. No formal written work. (2 credits)

Scene Study: High Comedy
This is a practical acting course designed to give students a dynamic, sensitive, and physical approach to acting in High Comedy, enabling them to play with increased confidence, openness, precision, understanding, and skill. Students will work as a group on exercises which will lay a foundation for the detailed scene study work of these complex and witty texts. The course will give each individual the opportunity to put into practice the core principles of working on High Comedy from Restoration through to Wilde, Coward, and Orton in a highly supportive, collaborative atmosphere, and gain a strong understanding of what makes this material so rewarding and exhilarating to act. No formal written work. (2 credits)

Scene Study: Modern Physical Theatre
In this course, students study with a member of Complicite (subject to availability) and will study exercises influenced by the teachings of Jaques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier. These studies will include many improvisations which look at the actor’s presence in the space and their dynamic of play. Students will look at the relationship between the physical body and text and how one informs the other. In the second half of the semester, the group will either examine a 20th-century European text or the half mask. (2 credits)

In this course students will be taught the fundamentals of voice covering the topics of body, breath, voice, articulation, support, and voice to text. There will be a focus on physical awareness and release through developing alignment and centering. Breath control is explored to assist in the opening up and freeing of the voice. The voice is developed in its range, resonance, timbre, and expression. Effective articulation is taught. Students will learn to apply this knowledge by using practice exercises given in every class with which they can develop their speaking voice for the stage, TV, screen, or radio. Coaching within voice classes help the student to explore and develop an authentic connection of voice to text. Text work covers the elements of rhetoric, rhythm, sound, text structures, meaning, and thought. As speaking language is a physical activity, some exercises are interactive. Exercises will be done together with the group as a whole, in smaller groups, pairs, and individually. As students gain in vocal confidence through their practical voice work a deepening connection to and ownership of language in performance will emerge and grow through the regular application of their acquired knowledge. (1 credit)

By using movement work, group games, imaginative, and observational work as tools to build the ensemble, students are encouraged to be free and strengthen their bodies. This provides the student actors with the ability to transform physically into the different characters they play. This class also enables the students to free their voice and unlock physical habits and tensions which may inhibit their bodies and therefore their ability to be free. The period dance element allows the students to transform physically and imaginatively into other eras and to link this to the work in their Shakespeare and High Comedy classes. (1 credit)

Stage Fighting: Hand to Hand Combat
Led by one of the leading fight directors in Europe, this course trains students in realistic stage combat with emphasis on safety, control, period styles, and technical virtuosity. The students will learn and be able to perform a large body of practical fight techniques and will gain a working comprehension of all the relevant safety principles and be able to apply them in practical situations. Students will also gain an understanding of their personal areas of strength and areas requiring further focus with a clearer judgment of their own personal rehearsal arc with regards to the illusion of violence in performance. Students will also have a more acute understanding of how to integrate character into action and action into text by the end of the course. (1 credit)

Theatre History
This course explores the development of comic theatre in England from Ben Jonson to Joe Orton. Students will develop a good knowledge and critical appreciation of seven English plays and acquire the interpretative skills that allow a more informed appreciation of such works. Particular attention will be paid to text and to the theatres for which these works were written. Students will also gain an awareness of the historical, social, and cultural context from which these works emerged. The plays, which will include works by Congreve, Goldsmith, Wilde, Coward, and Orton, are some of the same texts that students will be working on in their High Comedy acting classes. (2 credits)

Dramatic Criticism
This course introduces students to some of the best live theatre available in London—one of the world’s most exciting theatre cities; and it will also visit the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Students will discuss the role of theatre criticism in the United Kingdom, and the way it is changing in the digital age. The course is also intended to sharpen a student’s personal critical and observational skills in respect of performance, design, and production choices. Students are encouraged to develop fresh ways of watching, thinking, and writing about theatre. (1 credit)

The final five weeks of the program are devoted to:

Acting in Performance
For this course, students will rehearse and perform productions of major British and European classical works. After eight weeks of classes, students are split into companies and begin the five week rehearsal period. Each company is led by a British theatre director. This culminates in a final performance at a working London theatre. During the rehearsal period, students continue their voice and movement work with a warm-up class each morning. Voice and movement faculty also come into rehearsals and support the student’s process thus helping to further develop the core foundations for the modern actor. (3 credits)

Additionally, the first eight weeks of classes include:

  • Tutorials—An important supplement to the curriculum are regular one-on-one tutorials. In tutorials, students study text and speeches of the students choosing individually with the Dean who is also a professional actor. These sessions are devoted to improving students’ acting abilities and encouraging students to explore and independently lead on making a range of creative choices while building on their portfolio of audition pieces.

  • Weekly theatre visits (including a trip to see the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford)

  • Weekly masterclasses with leading UK theatre practitioners, including actors, directors, and designers from the British and American stage. Recent masterclass instructors include: Jenny Beavan, Brian Cox, Bob Crowley, Brandon Victor Dixon, Julian Glover, Henry Goodman, Greg Hicks, Fiona Shaw, Owen Teale, Deborah Warner, Sam West, and Elliot Barnes-Worrall.


Please visit BADA's website for faculty information.

Living in London

The London theatre is the principal focal point for drama in the English-speaking world. Nowhere else is there such a diversity of plays or such a range of talent. The resources of London are therefore central to students’ experience in The London Theatre Program.


All students will reside in accommodations provided by the Stay Club. The Stay Club offers many amenities and is within a short walk or a subway/bus ride to BADA’s premises. Detailed information on housing can be found in the program handbook.

Cultural Activities & Excursions

Attendance at performances is an integral part of the program. Master classes and talks with guest artists from the theatre world are arranged throughout each semester.

Books & Plays

Books are provided for all acting classes. BADA has its own library, from which students may loan out books. The library has computers for writing papers and Internet access during office hours.

The Office of Global Education can provide further information about the program, as well as names and numbers of program veterans who will be happy to discuss any aspect of the program.


The Sarah Lawrence College London Theatre Program is highly selective, and the number of students is limited. It is open to juniors and seniors enrolled at any accredited American college or university.

Audition for the London Theatre Program

All students applying to the London Theatre Program are required to audition live, either in person or using an online audition system. Please contact Martine Alexander at to schedule an appointment. The dates and timeframes are listed below. Each audition will be no longer than 10 minutes. At the end of your audition, there will be time for a chat with Eunice Roberts, Dean of BADA.

The times listed below are UK times; please adjust accordingly for your local time. 

Online Audition Times:

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    5-7 p.m. (UK)
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022
    5-7 p.m. (UK)
  • Monday, March 7, 2022
    5-6 p.m. (UK)
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022
    5-6 p.m. (UK)
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022
    7:30  p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (UK)

In Person Audition Times:

  • Sunday, March 20, 2022 (New York, NY)
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (EDT)
  • Friday, March 25, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA)
    8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PDT)
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA)
    9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PDT)
  • Thursday March 31, 2022 (Bronxville, NY)
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  (EDT)

Please contact Martine Alexander at to schedule an appointment.

The following must be part of your audition:

  1. Some words about yourself. For example: your name, how old you are, what school you attend, when you began studying acting and why, what you know about the London Theatre Program, why you are applying to the program, and how you heard about the program.
  2. A monologue from Shakespeare in verse no longer than 2 minutes.
  3. A monologue of your own choice, no longer than 2 minutes.
  4. A song of your own choice, unaccompanied, no longer than 1 minuteThis does not need to be a big production, can focus on the storytelling of the song.
  5. At least one of your monologues must be with your entire body in frame.

Applications & Deadlines

Students may apply for the fall semester or spring semester. The completed application for the fall semester is due March 1. The completed application for the spring semester is due October 15.

Tuition & Fees

Expenses Fall 2021

  • Tuition (per semester) $29,468
  • Room (per semester) $6,000
    Please note: If there are damages to the room, you will be charged accordingly
  • Geo Blue study abroad medical insurance: TBD
    This insurance provides comprehensive medical and geo-political coverage while abroad only. Students still need to have their own coverage or coverage through the Sarah Lawrence plan to ensure they are covered before they leave the US and upon their return

Estimated Expenses Per Semester

These expenses are estimated and will vary due to individual needs, spending habits and fluctuating exchange rates.

  • Meals $2,000–$3,000
  • Personal Expenses $700–$900
  • Round trip airfare $850*
  • Local transportation $450–$500

*Based on a round trip ticket from JFK to London through, April 2021.

Travel expenses before or after the term, and any trips taken during the mid-term break, are not included in this estimate.

Financial Aid

Sarah Lawrence College students who normally receive financial aid may apply their awards to any College-sponsored program abroad.

Sarah Lawrence College offers limited financial assistance to guest students on this program. Students should consult their home school's financial aid office for guidance on other financial aid resources.

For more information about Sarah Lawrence financial aid options, e-mail the Office of Global Education.

Academic Calendars

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Program Handbook

All students will reside in accommodations provided by the Stay Club, Kentish Town. The Stay Club offers many amenities and is within a short walk or a subway/bus ride to BADA’s premises. Detailed information on housing can be found in the London (BADA) Fall Handbook (PDF) and the London (BADA) Spring Handbook (PDF).