Study Abroad Options in Theatre

The School of Theatre requires students in both BFA performance majors (acting and theatre arts) to spend the second semester of their junior year studying abroad.

Students can choose from any of BU’s Study Abroad offerings to challenge their growth and development. The School of Theatre has established conservatory-style, studio-specific training semester programs in London, England with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) as well as in Arezzo, Italy with the Accademia dell’Arte.

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is one of the leading drama schools in the English-speaking world. The Academy’s teaching faculty comprises both experienced permanent staff and a number of outside specialists and professionals who focus on classical training. LAMDA studio courses focus on Shakespearean and Jacobean tragedy, as well as Restoration comedy.

Arezzo Physical Theatre Program (Accademia dell’Arte)

The Accademia dell’Arte is an internationally recognized institution providing students of theater, music, and dance the opportunity for an intensive semester of study with world-renowned masters of their craft. The first half of the program comprises daily training in movement, extended vocal techniques, and Italian language. Intensive workshops follow and entail studies in Commedia and an introduction to performance topics including mask-making and clown.

However, performance students should not feel limited to a conservatory-style, studio-specific semester, and can also explore the dozens of different abroad internship programs offered through BU in locations that include London, Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Quito, Tel Aviv, Auckland, and Sydney.

London Internship Program in Theatre (LIP)

Junior theatre arts and junior or senior design, production, and management majors may take advantage of the School’s special London Internship Program (LIP) in either fall or spring semesters. Students enrolled in LIP will study the various aspects of the theatre industry through a unique combination of coursework and hands-on experience in a full-time field placement internship. The professional portion of the LIP allows students to study the theatre industry in one of the most vibrant theatre communities of the classic and modern world. Students are placed in various fields of production, development, administration, casting, or marketing. The academic portion of the LIP includes two phases of study: a first phase of five weeks, followed by a second phase of eight weeks.

Both LAMDA and LIP are organized through Study Abroad and the BU London Centre.