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LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art): Directing

Institution LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)
Department Directing
Study type Taught


We have been training visionary and versatile directors for almost 20 years, who have since built rewarding and sustainable careers in the industry. The transformational impact of our training lies in our receptiveness to current industry practice, a commitment to preparing you for all aspects of performance production and to nurturing the individuality of your focus and passion.

During this one-year postgraduate MA Directing programme you will build your practice through an intense programme of practical classwork, reflective tutorials and attachments as assistant directors on LAMDA productions, supporting the work of professional directors. Your training will culminate with you directing a play of your choice which will be open to the public and to industry professionals.

In your first term, you will observe and participate in core LAMDA training alongside postgraduate acting students, working across the disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing in order to develop an understanding of the actor’s process.

You will participate in seminars in text analysis and interpretation, and the aesthetics and processes particular to screen, as well as directing your fellow students in short scene studies.

In your second and third terms, you will assist professional directors on projects, public productions, an original short film and an actors’ workshop at LAMDA. And during the Easter break, you will collaborate with LAMDA actors to devise an original piece of theatre - an opportunity to put into practice what you have learned and develop your dramaturgical skills.

Your year will finish with you directing and staging a play of your choice in one of our performance spaces for the public and invited industry professionals. Over the past two years, these guests have included Natalie Abrahami, Ned Bennett, Giles Croft, Mike Longhurst, Roxanna Silbert and Lyndsey Turner.


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