The British American Drama Academy (BADA) through the Sarah Lawrence College London Theatre Program allows Whitman students to live in London while studying theater with leading actors and directors from the British theater. The London Theatre Program combines classes, one-on-one tutorials, master classes, and excursions to maximize students’ learning. Students will view performances by some of Britain’s most well-known acting companies, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. Fall semester students who wish to attend BADA for the full year may extend their studies by attending the Advanced London Theatre Program in the spring semester.

Fields of study:

Acting, voice, theater history


Minimum cumulative gpa of 3.0; previous theater experience and an audition in person or by DVD (details of the audition requirements can be found on the London Theatre Program’s web site). Admission to the program is highly selective.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


September-December; January-April


15 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Scene Study: Shakespeare (2 credits)
Scene Study: High Comedy (2 credits)
Scene Study: Modern Physical Theatre  (2 credits)
Acting in Performance (3 credits)
Voice (1 credit)
Movement (1 credit)
Stage Fighting (1 credit)
Theater History (2 credits)
Dramatic Criticism (1 credit)

Credit Conversion:

1 Sarah Lawrence credit = 1 Whitman credit


Double rooms in fully-furnished apartments


Students prepare or buy their own meals



Program Link:

BADA London Theatre program