Miranda Rizzolo

Miranda Rizzolo

How did you hear about LAMDA?

I did my undergraduate degree in English and Theatre Studies at Yale, and the summer before my final year I was in London to do a Shakespeare short course. While I was here, I heard about the LAMDA MA Classical Acting. I was looking for a program that would give me a really intensive blast of conservatoire training and a good foundation in the classics. And of course I already knew that the UK was training incredible actors, and I was aware of the calibre of LAMDA graduates.

What was the application process with Marshall like?

I heard about the Marshall Scholarship whilst researching fellowships and the application process was similar to others I had seen; writing short essays, providing recommendations from teachers, that kind of thing. I did a first interview to get my university’s endorsement before submitting my application on the national level. Then, a selection committee in each of the eight regions across the US chooses finalists for a last round of interviews. I began the application process in August and found out that I had been successful in November, so it all happened pretty quickly.

What’s the best thing about studying at LAMDA?

The teachers and the training are incredible. The course offers a total immersion in the craft, which is so exciting and rewarding. For me, the highlight was the voice and movement work we did—coming from a liberal arts background, I’d never really gotten that kind of rigorous, technical training, and it was completely transformative for my work.

How have you enjoyed living in London?

I’ve loved it! The history, the culture, the arts – it’s all amazing. There’s such a great community of actors and artists in the city, and I really felt like a part of that community while at LAMDA. Plus I got to see so much great theatre!

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

There are many! Performing Shakespeare scenes onstage at the Globe. The time our meeting with the Principal turned out to be a Q&A with Benedict Cumberbatch. Our final movement project; a collaborative 30-minute movement piece that we created together as an entire company. And the curtain call closing night of our all-female Measure for Measure, my last time sharing the stage with an incredible group of women.

What will you do after you finish your MA?

As soon as we finish our public productions, I’ll be prepping to go to the US for the LAMDA industry showcases in New York and LA. After that, I’ve booked a job! I’ll be moving to Washington DC to perform in Miss Bennet, a new sequel to Pride and Prejudice at the Round House Theatre.

Do you think your training at LAMDA has prepared you for a career in the industry in the US?

I think the quality of the training at LAMDA has given me the best preparation possible for a career in the US – it’s given me the confidence and skills to put myself out there. Of course our professional prep classes and the US Showcases are really helpful with getting a foot in the door, but I think it’s ultimately the strength of the training that makes me feel ready to start working.

Describe your time at LAMDA in three words.

Intense. Liberating. Community.

Miranda graduated in 2016.