In the second semester of the junior year the School of Theatre requires students in both BFA performance majors (Acting and Theatre Arts) to spend a semester studying abroad through Boston University International Programs.
Students can choose from any of the abroad experiences offered through BU’s International Programs to challenge their growth and development not only as artists, but as individuals. 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).
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is one of the leading drama schools in the English-speaking world. Several drama training schools in the greater London area, some dating back to 1861, joined together to become LAMDA. The Academy’s teaching faculty is comprised of 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. To learn more, visit the LAMDA Student Handbook.
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, students should not feel limited to a conservatory-style studio-specific semester, but instead can also explore the dozens of different internship programs abroad offered through BU in London, Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Quito, Tel Aviv, Auckland, Sydney, or anywhere in the world they wish to study.
Junior and Senior Theatre Arts, Design, Production, and Management majors may take advantage of the School’s special London Internship Program (LIP) in either the Fall or Spring Semester. 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. Placement can be done beforehand through a student’s own research or on site in London through the guidance of the BU London staff. Previous internship placements have included the Globe Theatre, the Royal Court, and the Battersea Arts Centre. 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 BU International Programs and the BU London Centre.
For a sneak peek at the LIP study abroad experience, view this BU Today feature about BFA Theatre Arts Design & Production student Deanna Cirino (CFA ’10).
Students may also petition to earn credit from an “external” abroad program if they so choose.
SOT also encourages students in our Theatre Minor program to consider an abroad experience at LAMDA or Arezzo or an abroad Internship Program as coursework that would count towards the completion of the minor.
For more information about Boston University’s many other study abroad opportunities, visit the BU International Programs.