University description (as per official university website)
An Actor's Conservatory
A degree-granting acting school with locations in each of the two most dynamic centers of theatre and film in the U.S.
Roger Croucher (See Bio) became President of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2000. Through his work as a distinguished international educator (16 years as Principal of LAMDA, four years at Boston University), professional actor (Old Vic, Royal Shakespeare, Masterpiece Theatre) and notable stage director, Academy connections have been developed with theatre artists, professional theatres and educators worldwide. The growth of our international student body has been remarkable by any measure, offering our students a culturally diverse environment.
The Academy offers the aspiring actor a fertile ground for professional and personal growth. The two campuses comprise one school, sharing the same philosophy, objectives and programs.
At each stage of development, students' classroom knowledge is evaluated through performance projects, scene work or onstage performances. Students who excel may be invited to join the Academy Company, which offers further performance opportunities, often in the presence of casting directors, agents and other industry professionals.
Financial Aid Information
The Academy is committed to preparing talented students for acting careers and helping them achieve their highest potential. For that reason, we try to make it possible for all admitted students to attend the school.
Over ninety percent of AADA's admitted students receive some type of financial assistance. In addition to funding provided by AADA, the Academy participates in various federal and state financial aid programs and offers a choice of payment plans. All prospective students are encouraged to apply for financial aid at the time of audition. Financial aid packages consist of a combination of AADA grants, loans, scholarships and campus employment. It is to the student's advantage to submit early applications.
AADA Grants and Scholarships
AADA Grants and Scholarships refer to money that does not need to be repaid and the Academy will create a package for all students with both Academy-funded and federal/state grants for which they are eligible. In addition, prospective students should apply to their local community for privately funded scholarships during their junior and senior year of high school. High school guidance counselors can provide information regarding application procedures.