American Academy of Dramatic Arts

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) is a performing arts conservatory dedicated to training professional actors. The Academy maintains two facilities: one in Hollywood, California, and the other in Manhattan, New York City.

AADA's actor training program is two years in duration, and students must be invited back for the second year of training. At the end of the second year, students may audition for the third year company. AADA students are trained to act in theatrical productions as well as television and film roles. The program is professionally oriented, and emphasizes individuality, self-discipline, and self-discovery. The Hollywood program culminates in an Associate of Arts degree in Acting, or a Certificate of Completion. The Manhattan program culminates in an Associate of Occupational Studies degree. A Bachelor of Arts degree from certain institutions is available to students from Los Angeles and New York.

Many of the Academy's students have gone on to successful careers in acting, and several have even received nominations for Oscars, Emmys, and Tonys.

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