Conservatoire training is, by its nature, selective as we train only the best – limiting our course numbers and teaching in small groups. The training is vocational because drama is a vocation and we are training students for a profession. The training is practical because drama is about doing and being. There is no such thing as a LAMDA product. We develop each student’s individual strengths, talent and potential.
At LAMDA, our mission is to seek out and train the exceptional dramatic artists and technicians of every generation, so they can have the most extraordinary impact on the world through their work in theatre, film and television. Founded in 1861, we are the oldest drama school in the UK and the first such institution to offer acting tuition – defining LAMDA’s role as a pioneer in its field. When we introduced our technical training in 1965, it quickly became a prototype for other institutions branching into this area. That pioneering spirit remains at the heart of our work: we offer an inventive, diverse and inclusive environment for artistic development; we contribute to the progression of the dramatic art form through the new writing projects we commission each year and the companies that emerge from our training; and our students and tutors are encouraged and supported to produce innovative work in their craft.