LAMDA Pathways Programme

About LAMDA Pathways Programme

LAMDA Pathways is an engagement and skills development programme which uses our reputation, expertise and facilities to remove the barriers that prevent young people from underrepresented backgrounds from accessing performance arts training, employment or activity.

Through the programme we work to create long term sustainable partnerships with selected schools, colleges and youth arts organisations in London and across the UK, particularly where there are high levels of social disadvantage and low rates of participation in higher education.

Interested in partnering with LAMDA?

If you work at a state school or youth arts organisation and are interested in partnering with us, please get in touch with LAMDA’s Access and Widening Participation team ([email protected]). Each Pathways partnership is bespoke, but can involve free workshops and Q&As led by LAMDA tutors and graduates, Audition and Interview fee waivers and complimentary tickets to shows at LAMDA.

We work with state schools and youth arts organisations which have a high proportion of young people who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Low household income
  • From the Global Majority
  • Identify as D/deaf or disabled
  • Care experienced or care leaver
  • Inhabitants of areas where participation in Higher Education is low (POLAR 4, Quintile 1 and 2)
  • Eligible for Pupil Premium/ Free school meals (schools only)

If the majority of the participants at your organisation meet the criteria, we would love to discuss a partnership with you.

Enquire about partnerships

About our workshops

Last year, we delivered 45 workshops and Q&A sessions on performance, conservatoire training, Production Arts and career pathways in the arts for over 500 young people from organisations including Open Door, Royal Exchange Young Company, The Big House, Young Octagon and Intermission Youth Theatre, and schools such as New College Swindon, Stockton Riverside College and New College Bradford. We were delighted that out of the 137 Pathways Audition Fee Waivers we distributed, 13 participants from the Pathways Programme were offered places on our core courses, including the BA (Hons) Professional Acting and MFA Professional Acting courses for entry in September 2021.

We currently have 25 students in training at LAMDA who joined us through the Pathways Programme.

LAMDA Pathways is supported by John Lyon’s Charity in London, Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation regionally in England and the Ashley Family Foundation and Darkley Trust in Wales.