PROJECTS WE FUND
In fulfilling ASRADA’s mission to promote the dramatic art and ensure excellence in training for talented actors, technicians, craft specialists and writers, ASRADA supports the following:
• RADA’s US Outreach and Recruitment Program Each year RADA conducts first round auditions in New York for its flagship 3-year BA Hons Acting degree, ensuring that US nationals are given the opportunity to demonstrate their talent without incurring prohibitive travel costs. RADA’s Director and Associate Director travel to New York each spring term spending a week auditioning up to 200 American hopefuls.
When applicants reach the fourth round of RADA auditions they are required to travel to London to spend a full day on-site at RADA. American students reaching this round may apply to RADA for 50% subsidy to their transport costs to and from the audition.
• RADA Attenborough Campaign
The RADA Attenborough Campaign is an ambitious redevelopment of RADA’s premises in London providing for an extension of training opportunities, community activities and an exciting space for theatre-making for all. The vision includes a newly-designed theatre, expanded library and learning resource area, new disabled access facilities, publicly accessible café and the creation of much needed central London student accommodation with 60 bedrooms. Crucial to RADA’s plans is the promise of a responsible and sustainable Academy for the future, where RADA can foster education and the exploration of theatre in a safe and collaborative environment.
• RADA’s American Student Bursaries
RADA seeks to support talented students who deserve a place to train regardless of their financial means. All students applying for scholarships to assist with fees or living costs are means tested.
American students with limited means who have been offered a place to train at RADA and would struggle to accept their place for financial reasons are invited to seek support towards their fees or living costs in London from the American Student Bursaries project run by RADA. Scholarships are only applicable on RADA’s undergraduate courses 3-year BA (Hons) Acting and 2-year Foundation Degree Technical Theatre and Stage Management.
• RADA’s American Masterclass Series
RADA has a long tradition of inviting the most influential figures from the creative industries to work with its student cohort. Each year a host of workshops and masterclasses is delivered to students in addition to their regular timetabled commitments. RADA draws on celebrated directors, designers and specialists to enhance the training of students by sharing valuable insights and experiences. By supporting RADA’s American Masterclass Series, ASRADA will be ensuring that students benefit from bespoke workshops and classes from experts residing or working for extended periods in the States.
• RADA’s Summer Residency at Martha’s Vineyard
In 2011 ASRADA supported RADA’s unique opportunity to take up a collaborative artistic and educational residency for acting graduates in the United States. Six acting graduates (Justin Adams, Annika Boras, O-T Fagbenle, Katie Krane, Lauren Swann and Kett Turton) along with RADA Associate Director Nona Shepphard embarked on this two-week residency at Vineyard Arts Project, Martha’s Vineyard from 16 to 30 August 2011. The company worked on a new play called RIOT written by David Simpatico and Savianna Stanescu which focused on the riots in London. The piece was performed publicly to the local community in Martha’s Vineyard. This program is now closed.
• RADA’s Sara Sugarman Bursaries
In 2007 ASRADA received a generous grant from The Annenberg Foundation which afforded ASRADA the opportunity to help with the creation of and funding for RADA’s Sara Sugarman Bursaries – a writers-on-attachment program providing two annual scholarships for young writers in honor of RADA graduate and producer Sara Sugarman. This program is now closed.