Studying in London
The London Dramatic Academy is located at 23 Kensington Square, in one of the most charming areas of London. Centrally located, near museums such as the Victoria and Albert, the Science, and the Natural History, LDA shares its premises with Heythrop College, the philosophy and religion school of the University of London. We have large studios, a library, and smaller rooms for tutorial work. Fordham business and liberal arts students have programs and classes at the London Centre and we share events and activities when appropriate. We are five minutes from the High Street Kensington underground station. Our full-time academic coordinator and office staff are on site to oversee housing, orientation, counseling, events, and activities for all students.
Living In London
Due to the full timetable, Fordham reserves housing for London Dramatic Academy students within a few minutes walk from Kensington Square, in a centrally located neighborhood. The premises have numerous flats with a living/dining room, two or three shared bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bath or shower room. Students live two students to a room, sharing with another LDA student. Students have access to the cafeteria on site at Heythrop College as well as to many supermarkets nearby to the student accommodation and the University.
This week at LDA (8th-12th September 2014):
"It is hard to believe that I have already been in London for two weeks. The time has flown by as we have plunged full force into our acting, movement, and voice classes. Being in London is surreal for me. I had very high expectations coming into the program at the beginning of the semester, and I have not been disappointed. Living in London is everything I could have hoped for and more. It is a vibrant city that is passionate about history, art, and theatre. I could go see a show every night for the remainder of my time here, and still not see all of the shows that are running.
The faculty are all very challenging teachers, but they all care deeply about their craft and their students. They are here to push us away from what we find to be easy, and to make us explore new ideas and ways of approaching text, creating a character, and the theatre in general.
These first few weeks have only made me hungry to take in all of the new experiences London has to offer. I am looking forward to making trips to The British Museum and to Buckingham Palace this weekend. While I am here, I want to be able to make London my extended campus."
- TIMOTHY EIDMAN
(CURRENT LDA STUDENT)
This week at LDA (1st-5th September 2014):
"As of writing this, I’ve just finished up my first week at LDA and all I can say is that it was exceptional. In this week alone I had the opportunity to see my first London Broadway show, The 39 steps, at the Criterion Theatre as well as tour both the Rose and Globe theatres. Seeing The 39 Steps made me even more excited to continue on with this process as I got to see people work professionally in an amazing show, and do what I hope to do after the completion of this program.
I don’t think that I’ve ever had a better first week of school! I’ve learned something different everyday and it keeps me on fire to learn more! There’s an understood level of trust and respect between teacher and student that is comforting and makes it easy to just try, regardless of success or failure in class. Right now some things are thrown at us and I don’t necessarily know where to place them, but after my first week of LDA, it’s clear that everything has a place and a purpose. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the term!"
- Londen Shannon
(current LDA student)