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Academy at the former Colony Club building in Manhattan
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) is a private performing arts conservatory with two locations, one in Manhattan and one in Los Angeles. The Academy offers an associate degree in occupational studies and teaches drama and related arts in the areas of theater, film, and television. Students also have the opportunity to audition for the third-year theater company. Students can usually transfer completed credits to another college or university to finish a bachelor's degree if they choose.
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 entertainment. The Los Angeles campus moved from Pasadena to Hollywood in 2001 in a new building next to 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.[d] As well as training for the theatre, it now offers courses in film and television, 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.
Numerous students of the Academy have gone on to careers in the entertainment industry. Alumni of The Academy have been nominated for 110 Oscars, 317 Emmy's and 94 Tony's.
Among the notable people who attended the AADA are:[e]
Fred Williams (né Frederick James Williams; 1829-1900), who, in the late nineteenth century, had been stage director of Daly's Theatre, stage director of the Lyceum Theatre on Park Avenue, and Dean of the Faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Fred Williams' son, Fritz Williams (1865-1930), was also an actor. Williams was an uncle of actress Dorothy Donnelly (1876-1928).
Notes and references
^Sue Zech (né Susan Elizabeth Zech; born 1971) is the President of the AADA. She is a native of Westlake, Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Management (1993) from the University of Dayton.
^ abPeterson's [College Guide] (2019) (retrieved April 5, 2019)