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Message from an LDA Alumna

Message from Kelly Burke, LDA Alumna

LDA was revolutionary for me.  I arrived in 2003 as a mousy academic who desperately wanted to act but had none of the tools.  I hadn't understood how important the voice was -- and barely even realised I had a body.  LDA introduced me to both of them, taught me to value them, and showed me how to use them efficiently and effectively. 

It proved to be an incredibly holistic training.  We learned how to respect and explore a text, how to push our imaginations via mask work, how to cultivate precision in historical dance.  We had a procession of West End and film actors visit us to offer advice and insight.  We were taken out into buzzing London --  to theatres, pubs, historical sites, gardens, galleries, museums, monuments -- to contextualise and deepen our work in the rehearsal room by engaging with the world outside.  And we did this under the guidance of a rigorous, compassionate, imaginative faculty who turned out to be among the rock stars of the actor-training world.

I went on to train on the BA Acting course at RADA and have now been working in the profession (in London) for three years.  I would never have had the self-awareness, the skill -- and perhaps even the inspiration -- without LDA.  It's one of the best things I've ever done for myself.

Kelly Burke

Kelly Burke studied at LDA for a year in 2004 and went on to be accepted on the three year actor training program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, graduating in 2009. Since leaving RADA she's performed in the UK and USA; Kelly has written and stars in her one person show, Zelda based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, which played in London's Trafalgar Studios/West End in autumn 2012.

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