American Academy of Dramatic Arts


American Academy of Dramatic Arts

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) is a fully accredited two-year conservatory with campuses located at 120 Madison Avenue in New York City (in a landmark building designed by famed architect Stanford White as the original Colony Club) and 1336 North La Brea Avenue in Hollywood (in a new building on the site of the former Charlie Chaplin studios).

The Academy in New York was founded in 1884 to train actors for the stage, becoming the first school in the United States to offer a professional education in the acting field. In 1974, the Academy opened another campus in Pasadena, California, which made it the only professional actor training school in both major centers of American theatrical activity. The Los Angeles campus moved from Pasadena to Hollywood in 2001.

The Academy remains dedicated to training professional actors. It now offers courses in film and television, as well, providing a structured, professionally oriented program that stresses self-discovery, self-discipline and individuality.

Although there are no dormitories or on-campus housing, students can make special arrangements with the Academy for local housing. The Academy also circulates a list with new student's contact information for any new student that is already registered and paid who might be interested in assembling with other students to find housing.

Students who graduate in New York receive a Degree of Associate in Occupational Studies; students who graduate in Hollywood receive a Certificate of Completion or an Associate of Arts Degree in Acting.

Numerous students of the Academy have gone on to distinguished careers throughout the entertainment industry, receiving nominations for Tonys, Oscars and Emmys.

Notable Alumni

*Walter Abel
*Armand Assante
*Hank Azaria
*Lauren Bacall
*Jim Backus
*Eion Bailey
*Brenda Bakke
*Anne Bancroft
*Diana Barrymore
*Gil Bellows
*Samuel Bernstein
*Laura Branigan
*Adrien Brody
*John Cassavetes
*Kim Cattrall
*Enrico Colantoni
*Jennifer Coolidge
*Hume Cronyn
*Bob Cummings
*Max Crumm
*Marc Daniels
*Brad Davis
*Cecil B. DeMille
*William Devane
*Danny DeVito
*Kirk Douglas
*Julia Duffy
*Christine Ebersole
*Vince Edwards
*Ethyl Eichelberger
*Nina Foch
*Deborra-Lee Furness
*Sally Gifford
*Ruth Gordon
*Leisha Hailey
*John Harding
*David Hartman
*Anne Hathaway
*Dennis Haysbert
*Florence Henderson
*Judd Hirsch
*Sterling Holloway
*Kate Jackson
*Jennifer Jones
*Grace Kelly
*Johnny Knoxville
*Elias Koteas
*Cleavon Little
*John Lone
*Harriet E. MacGibbon
*Rosie Malek-Yonan
*Katherine Moennig
*Michael Mosley
*Mary Nash
*Elizabeth Montgomery
*Agnes Moorehead
*Carrie-Anne Moss
*Pat O'Brien
*Jim O'Rear
*Glenn Ordway
*Catherine Dale Owen
*Billy Pollina
*Tom Poston
*William Powell
*Robert Redford
*Don Rickles
*Thelma Ritter
*Jason Robards
*Eric Roberts
*Edward G. Robinson
*Gena Rowlands
*Paul Rudd
*Rosalind Russell
*Adam Scott
*Brooke Smith
*Jaclyn Smith
*French Stewart
*Kevin Sussman
*Loretta Swit
*Eric Szmanda
*Gene Tierney
*Spencer Tracy
*Robert Walker
*Peter Weller
*Shannon Whirry

External links

* [http://www.aada.org/html/main.html American Academy of Dramatic Arts Home Page]
* [http://www.collegeprofiles.com/dramarts.html College Profiles - American Academy of Dramatic Arts]


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