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What were you doing before you came to LAMDA?
I came to LAMDA straight from school. I went to a really sporty high school in New York and hadn’t really done much acting up until that point. I got into an extracurricular acting programme at my school and loved it. In my senior year (the equivalent of Year 13 in the UK), I started an acting company for me and my classmates which is still there and still staging plays.
Why did you decide to apply to LAMDA?
For a long time I didn’t realise that academic grades aren’t so important when it comes to getting a place at drama school. Once I discovered that, I applied to lots of schools in New York and also to LAMDA, almost as a joke. I didn’t really have any intention of leaving New York. But then I got offered a place here and at a school in NYC and I had to choose! I decided to take the plunge and move to London to study at LAMDA and I haven’t looked back since.
How would you describe the training at LAMDA?
At LAMDA, I haven’t just learned how to act; I’ve learned how to be my own person. The training opens you up – you really get in touch with who you are – and that’s a good thing! It has exceeded my expectations at every stage. When I went for my audition and met some of the tutors I knew LAMDA was the place for me. It felt different to the other schools and I knew I would be among friends and like-minded people here.
What’s the best thing about studying at LAMDA?
The people and the environment; it’s such a welcoming place (especially for a guy from New York who has moved to London on a whim!). I think one of the things that impacts your training the most is the people you are training with and the environment you’re in. Every bit of LAMDA is a part of my training and feeds into it and I’m surrounded by great people.
What excited you about LAMDA's new training centre?
I think it’s definitely going to have (and is having) a positive impact on my training. I’ve realised that I’m training at LAMDA at the best time; having seen how things were before the new building opened and then getting the chance to work and perform in the new spaces. The new theatres are so necessary and will definitely produce different work from all us students.
Describe your time at LAMDA in three words.
Defining. Formative. Life-changing. Challenging. Exciting.
How has your experience of living in London been?
Moving has been great. At the start I really didn’t know what I was doing or what was involved and it was tough. But I had an instant connection with my classmates at LAMDA and I’ve made really good friends here and outside of the Academy. They feel like family. It’s been a good experience.
Scott graduates in 2018.