American Academy of Dramatic Arts
|American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
The New York City location in the former Colony Club building
|Students||Approximately 220 New York Campus, Approximately 180 Los Angeles Campus|
|Location||New York City
Los Angeles, United States
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) is a two-year performing arts conservatory with facilities located in Manhattan, New York City – at 120 Madison Avenue, and in Hollywood, California – at 1336 North La Brea Avenue.
The oldest acting school in the English speaking world, the Academy in New York was founded in 1884 to train actors for the stage in a landmark building designed by noted architect Stanford White as the original Colony Club. In 1974, the Academy opened another campus in Pasadena, California, which made it the only professional actor training school in both major centers of American theatrical activity. The Los Angeles campus moved from Pasadena to Hollywood in 2001 in a new building on the site of the former studios of Charlie Chaplin.
The Academy remains dedicated to training professional actors. It offers a two-year program in which students have to be invited back for the second year. Auditions are held at the end of the second year for the third year company. As well as training for the theatre, it now offers courses in film and television, as well, providing a structured, professionally oriented program that stresses self-discovery, self-discipline and individuality. Students who graduate in New York receive an Associate of Occupational Studies degree; students who graduate in Hollywood receive a Certificate of Completion or an Associate of Arts degree in Acting. Students from New York and Los Angeles can get a Bachelor of Arts degree from selected universities.
Notable alumni 
- Nemy, Enid (June 11, 1985). "Oldest acting school fetes its 100th birthday". New York Times. Retrieved September 1st, 2012.
- "The Academy's Approach" on the AADA website
- Alleman, Richard. The Movie Lover's Guide to New York. New York: Harper & Row, 1988. ISBN 0060960809 p.165
- "Christina Fontanelli sings 'Christmas in Italy' program" The Union City Reporter, November 28, 2010, Page 20
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