As we mark World Access to Higher Education Day today, we shine a spotlight on some of our recent work in the community which is designed to raise aspiration and build routes into training and employment in the creative industries.
Our Widening Access and Participation programme, Pathways, aims to create tangible routes into training and employment in the performing arts. We have partnerships with a range of schools and organisations, with a focus on underrepresented young people, such as those who come from low income backgrounds, care leavers and D/deaf and disabled people. Partners we are currently working with include; National Youth Theatre: Playing Up, 20 Stories High, Graeae, Intermission Youth Theatre, NYAT (National Youth Arts Trust), Open Door, The Primary Shakespeare Company, Hurlingham Academy (LBHF) and Loreto College. Young people who have worked with LAMDA and our partners have gone on to secure places at LAMDA and other drama schools.
With applications for Drama School now open, we have been travelling the country over the past two months, offering bespoke workshops to schools and colleges. These sessions, run by LAMDA Graduates and tutors, are designed to provide students with an introduction to the Conservatoire training we offer. Visits include Loreto College in Manchester, 20 Stories High in Liverpool, Scarborough TEC, Bridgend College and Dixons Allerton Academy in Bradford.
A spokesperson for Bridgend College said: “It was great to welcome LAMDA to Bridgend and our students were excited by the opportunity to get an insight into world class conservatoire training”.
Ella Howe, Widening Access and Participation Manager said: “By travelling to areas and partnering with organisations working where the Arts are less prevalent, we hope to show young people that there shouldn’t be barriers when applying for drama school and it can be an option for everybody if they want to pursue it.”
Coming up in December, we are looking forward to the return of Shakespeare in Schools. This annual project will see our graduating MFA Professional Acting students visiting local secondary school and colleges to perform adaptations of Shakespeare’s most popular works. (Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
This piece was originally posted on the LAMDA website. To find out more about this organisation and their work please go to: https://www.lamda.ac.uk/