Max Samuels

Why did you decide to apply to train at LAMDA?

I have a number of friends from college in the USA who completed the Shakespeare and his Contemporaries Short Course and they all said it was not to be missed! I knew that I wanted to become a professional actor, but also felt that I was missing ‘proper’ classical training and had little experience performing Elizabethan and Jacobean texts. I was confident that the course would provide a rigorous environment in which to learn and grow in this area; and boy, did it exceed my expectations. 

What did you look forward to the most in a week at LAMDA?

I most looked forward to our weekly Wednesday afternoon master class. Each week was unique and gave us new and interesting perspectives, which we could then take back and incorporate into our core classes.  

What’s been the most surprising thing about living in London and training at LAMDA?

I found a passion for the language of Shakespeare and his contemporaries that I never knew I had. I was unsure what to think about speaking verse at first as I wasn’t sure if it would it be accessible to me and was surprised to find that verse is a gift to the actor, not a burden. The combination of seeing Shakespeare performed in London and training at LAMDA made this very clear.

What’s been the most challenging thing about living in London and training at LAMDA, and how did you overcome this?

My time was too short in London and at LAMDA. While the amount I gained and learned over two months was enormous, I felt myself wanting more by the end. There's a lot to learn about the city, about Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and about one's self as an actor. I wish we had more time to grow and soak it all in!

Tell us about a time at LAMDA that you’ll never forget.

I'll never forget our first day: the Head of Drama School taught a class in the afternoon that blew my mind. We learned about the history and architecture of Shakespeare's Globe and the subtle differences between a first folio and a modern edition of Shakespeare, and then dove right into working on the opening scene from King Lear. He had a number of students up on their feet, so it was great to get introduced to the work of the other students as well as the passion and energy of the tutors on day one.

Describe your time at LAMDA in three words.

Eye-opening. Rigorous. Supportive.