Student and Industry Testimonials
See What People are Saying About Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts…
I started taking scene study at VADA with very limited experience. Not even a year has gone by and I have starred in various independent films, been part of the bi-annual showcase where I won second prize in the monologue category and gained professional representation. Love the school, love the teachers, love the actors!
I took the Intro to Acting and it went beyond what I had expected, the classes were so intensive and informative that I didn’t want to stop there, I am now taking the On Camera Audition and it’s amazing. The instructors you’ll find here are great, they tell you honestly what’s good what’s not and they’ll do whatever it takes to take you to the next level. I’ve learned a lot especially how to build confidence and less self-judgement and I’m already enrolled for the two weeks programs. They also offer so many workshops with agents, casting directors and amazing teachers so if you’re looking to know about acting VADA is definitely your guide.
The Audition Classes I took provided me with skills that have helped me tremendously in my auditions. I believe, I got a call back and a film job due to taking these courses. I also attended some workshops with local casting directors which provided me with feed back and learned other important skills that I know will make me a better actor. Thank you VADA for creating such a great atmosphere and terrific teachers who believe in their students to be the best they can be.
I’m so happy that I chose this school, in just two weeks my confidence has gotten so much better. The class atmosphere was really easy going and low stress. Everyone was really encouraging and I never felt that I was being judged (even when I sucked!) Simon was a great teacher always keeping things fun and light which helped boost everyone’s confidence as well. After taking the two week course I decided to take the part time scene study class which is also great. I plan on sticking around to say the least! Go VADA!
I did the Two Weeks Intensive and loved it. I learned so much more than I ever thought possible in just 2 weeks. Simon the owner/teacher and all his staff are truly amazing. They do all they can to help you with your goals. Doing the TWI really helped and confirmed that I am meant for acting. I had such a great time at VADA that I registered for the full-time program. I highly suggest this course and school to anyone who wants to be an actor/actress. Whether you have taken a course or not there is so much to learn at VADA.
VADA alumni are often seen at my auditions, and the confidence they have acquired through their training never fails to set them apart from the crowd when it comes to booking the job. Talent may be something an actor is born with, but confidence and professionalism are learned. VADA is an excellent place to learn these skills.
I have had excellent experiences with Simon Longmore, as he is always courteous and professional. I have cast both him and his students in my various projects. My many years in the film industry have allowed me the opportunity to work with many talented people and I would include Simon in that group.
My name is Jackie Lind and I am a Canadian casting director based in Vancouver whom on several occasions have been invited by Simon Longmore to sit on a panel to judge VADA’s annual show case. I am always pleasantly surprised with the calibre of actors in this event. They are well trained, confident and passionate students. For many years I have known Simon Longmore as a gifted actor, and of late have had the opportunity to see him pass on his talent and wealth of experience to his students. I am always confident when I have the opportunity to call any of his students into my auditioning room that they will be well prepared, professional and focused. VADA is a great school and I would recommend to anyone!
In the dealings that I have had with Simon and VADA, there has always been an essence of professionalism. They set the standard to which all others look to attain. The talent that is produced by VADA is easily comparable to talent located outside of Canada. I often see talent that has trained at VADA compete for jobs in the American movie market. Training at this studio will only help your career.
I have known Simon Longmore as an actor and Director of VADA for over seven years. While other acting schools were becoming insolvent, VADA remained a busy, creative centre, due to Simon’s ability to pass on his passion for acting and to do so with integrity. I often audition actors who have trained at VADA and they carry an air of expertise and confidence into the room, giving me confidence in Simon’s ability as a teacher. I always recommend actors continue their training, no matter at what stage they are in their career, and would not hesitate to recommend Simon and VADA.