Almeida Academy is a programme of weekly drama classes for young people aged 5 to 14.
Run by industry professionals from a world-class theatre, the Almeida Academy gives children and young people the opportunity to experiment with their creativity, build confidence, develop talent, and most importantly, have fun!
Don't worry if you haven't tried it before - our sessions are open to everybody. Group sizes are small so that we can help each individual develop. Classes last 90 minutes and offer a variety of different activities to develop performance skills. Over the year, each Academy group will work towards a production which brings together the skills and techniques they have been learning throughout the programme.
"It’s really quite unique. You get to learn about scripts, about what really happens in drama, and I think the teachers are really nice." - Participant, Age 9
"I love the Almeida Academy because it gives me confidence to act." - Participant, Age 13
Almeida Academy runs during term time on a Saturday:
5–7 year olds | 12.30pm–2:00pm
8–10 year olds | 2.15pm–3.45pm
11–14 year olds | 4:00pm–5.30pm
Past Academy Productions
In 2019, the Almeida Academy groups again worked with writers Emma Pritchard and Sam Gayton to create two new pieces of performance. The young people devised and workshopped ideas with the writers, before performing at the Pleasance Theatre, on Sunday 6 July, 2019.
Pirate Queen by Emma Pritchard
Scouts Vs. Zombies by Sam Gayton
Photos by Ellie Kurttz
In 2018, the Academy worked with writers Emma Pritchard and Sam Gayton through a series of workshops and rehearsals to create two brand new pieces of theatre, which were performed on the Almeida stage on Sunday 18 July 2018.
Take a look at the performances below: