Ellen Newman, Artistic Director
About Ellen Newman
Ellen Newman trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her acting credits include Othello and 84, Charing Cross Road on Broadway, plays off Broadway, in US regional theatre and London's West End. She has played leading roles with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Viola in Twelfth Night and Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost.
Ms Newman was Head of Voice and a senior Voice teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) for 17 years before becoming Director of Fordham's London Dramatic Academy in Spring 2012. She has been a voice coach with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and in London's West End.
Previously she was a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre at the Ohio State University and also on the faculties of Cornell University where she served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Theatre and at Ithaca College. She has an MA in Theatre History and has taught on BA, BFA, MA and MA courses in the USA and conservatory training programs and study abroad programs in the UK. She has taught professional actors in Iceland and Japan.
A Message from Ellen
To all our prospective students:
I want to welcome you to the London Dramatic Academy, one of the great one term British conservatory programs in Acting, and to London, one of the great world cities.
We join the two with their traditions, history and excellence: Classes such as Dramatic Criticism and Space, Place and Text (British theatre history and literature) are academically rigourous and connected to performance. Our acting classes, 'Acting' and 'Acting Shakespeare' are focussed through Stanislavski based acting techniques, language and text analysis, and improvisation. We have extensive physical theatre classes and voice/speech training. Each week you will have an hour of one to one tutorials in Alexander technique and Audition tutorial. Weekly visits to the theatre supplement your training, as well as visits to museums and other cultural venues.
We have some of the best teachers Britain can offer, on our faculty pages you can read about their careers. Masterclasses/ Q & A's with professionals happen throughout the term.
Our program is dedicated to building skills and artistry in those of you who may become professional actors or who will use this experience to contribute to the arts or society in other ways.
To study Shakespeare as an actor, to work as a dedicated group to bring something of worth to an audience, or to simply learn more about commitment, communication and empathy will change your life for the better. The best moments in the class room, rehearsal room or theatre deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Come join us!