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:



COVID has had a devastating impact on RADA, and we have received no emergency support from the Government.  In top of this cuts to arts education further make our work even more vital, especially those from lower-income backgrounds.  At RADA, we believe that it is our responsibility to encourage diverse participation within higher education by creating accessible pathways to it.

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COVID has hit RADA very hard, forcing them to close their doors and move training online for nine months. This was accompanied by a sharp decline in income, from both short courses and RADA Business, which has had a huge impact on their finances.

To help RADA and its students recover from the financial impact of COVID, they need to raise at least £3.2m in the next four years.

ASRADA is planning to support three key priorities:

Student Hardship Fund

RADA is aiming to create a COVID hardship fund that provides essential, targeted financial help for those students who need it.

Digital Investment

RADA’s students will be graduating into a very uncertain industry as a result of COVID.  To showcase the students at their best, and ensure they have the technical skills to thrive in an increasingly digital world, RADA needs to invest in state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure.

Future-proofing the Mission

RADA has been a centre of excellence for over a century. To maintain their world-leading position, long-term investments are needed to strengthen the way we teach and support our students.   For more information:


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’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 Musical Theatre Intensive Course Summer 2016

RADA offered an innovative five-week course for experienced performers  intending to pursue a career in Musical Theatre.  This Intensive was developed from RADA’s acclaimed, week-long Musical Theatre course, which rapidly achieved a distinguished reputation among Musical Theatre professionals. The rigorous program encompassed numerous elements of training taught on RADA’s other performance courses. Participants worked with the Academy’s staff on singing, voice, movement, acting, combat, clown, dance and much more.

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.