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Our Access and Participation fund supports a programme of activities that open up pathways into higher education for individuals from communities that are under-represented in the arts.

Help us to

  • Encourage applications from diverse candidates, particularly from working-class and low income families, Black and Global Majority backgrounds, communities beyond the South East of England, people with physical and sensory impairments, and people who are care experienced.
  • Ensure full-time training is accessible to students and practitioners from all backgrounds.
  • Increase diversity across the Academy and affect change in the industry in which our students gain employment.

Thank you to everyone who takes part in our annual Big Give Christmas Challenge. Over the past 10 years, you have helped raise over £660,000.

The Big Give is a match funding platform that brings together charities and philanthropists to make a real impact and its annual Christmas Challenge means we can double donations from our supporters in the first week of December. One donation, twice the impact. In 2022, all funds raised will support Stage Critical - our campaign to recover, rebuild and support our students.

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Case studies

Shakespeare for Young Audiences

Staged by second-year actors and technical students, three abridged productions of Shakespearean plays are specifically crafted to tour state schools, reaching 13-16 year-old pupils in communities with limited exposure to the arts. The productions are accompanied by student-led workshops and seminars, increasing access to performance in education.

1,500 pupils attended Shakespeare for Young Audiences performances in 2019.

RADA Youth Company: Acting and Technical

Our youth company provides opportunities for young people aged 16-20 to experience conservatoire-style drama training, as part of a supportive group of like-minded members. In 2019 we took our Youth Company online to create a digital space for members to get creative and analytical.

Youth company members have gone on to be selected for RADA and other established drama schools.

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