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Undergraduate Theater Special Programs

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

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Many Case Western Reserve theater majors spend part of their junior year abroad at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, UK. There they study intensively with London theater professionals and explore the world-renowned London theater scene.

Spring Semester, 2014, CWRU in London students will have the unique opportunity to pursue a rigorous academic study of European theatre history, while sharpening their theatrical skills through classes in voice, clown, physical performance, dance, combat, and singing, all supported by tutorials and seminars.

Students will spend 3-4 weeks studying a particular Timemark in European Theatre History, while exploring the performance styles of that time through four distinct performance projects, culminating in a studio presentation in one of RADA’s theaters.

Learn more at, and from faculty commentary below:

Hear about the unique advantages of the CWRU/RADA program from Professor Ron Wilson, Chair of the Department of Theater:

Professor Jerrold Scott, Artistic Director of Eldred Theater at CWRU, speaks about the legacy of RADA and why students should consider studying there:

Hear about the curricular diversity and academic rigor of the RADA program from Professor Jeffrey Ullom, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department:

The course centers on four Timemarks:


Timemark 1: Athens, 534 BC: the year in which drama enters the Dionysian Festivals.

Timemark 2: London, 1642: the year in which the Puritans close the London theatres.

Timemark 3: Paris, 1658: the year in which Molière’s company becomes based in Le Petit Bourbon.

Timemark 4: Berlin, 1928: the year in which Brecht and Weill’s Threepenny Opera is premiered.

Students will receive 15 credit hours for the following courses: THTR 228, THTR 229, THTR 232, THTR 329, and THTR 375 or THTR 376.