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A Legacy of Success

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VADA has a celebrated reputation among both students and industry professionals, with years of experience to back up its name

See What Makes Us the Industry Benchmark for Actor Training

VADA was originally founded by Simon Longmore in 2000. In its beginnings, the school offered only part-time classes. Over time the demand for classes grew, ultimately resulting in a full-blown academy with an entire faculty and studio.

With the mounting success of VADA graduates, the school expanded into a downtown studio on West Pender Street which was much more suitable as it boasted a little theatre and a light grid. Unfortunately, in 2003, a fire in the adjacent building caused enough damage to the downtown studio to force a move.

For the next two years, VADA resided on Hamilton Street in a bright, colorful and aesthetic 40 seat studio which was a beauty of a space in which to work. In the following years, VADA’s reputation grew, and by the summer of 2005 the Hamilton studio was bursting at the seams. With the Dramatic Arts Program (DAP) filled to maximum capacity, and Simon’s vision to expand even more, VADA moved yet again; this time planting itself into the heart of downtown Vancouver at 900 Helmecken.

Over 10 years later, VADA has trained thousands of actors who have come from all over the world. The techniques and training methods used are unsurpassed, and the results show in the success of our graduates; many of whom can been seen on mainstream television, feature films and commercials.

See What Makes Us the Industry Benchmark for Actor Training

Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts (VADA) is here to help you achieve your goals as a professional actor. The first obstacle to that is getting proper representation by a licensed Talent Agent. Since 2000, VADA has the highest actor/agency placement in the country. We boast that over 80% of our students achieve placement on an Agents roster within 3 months of graduationThat means you will be going to auditions for paid professional jobs in a very short amount of time.

This was an amazing experience! I feel like I have learned so much and I loved that we were able to work with a variety of instructors. This has completely changed my life. I feel like I've grown so much in the last two weeks. Thank you VADA!
Dana

How Do We Do This

VADA sets the standard for outstanding training of actors and actresses. Every staff member who works at VADA is also a professional performer. That means every single person brings a wealth of knowledge and awareness to the studio. There is not a week that goes by where one of the staff is either on set, auditioning or preparing for a professional interview. Simply put, at VADA we teach by example.

What is it Like at VADA?

Many previous students claim VADA feels like a tight knit family. There is a comfort here, where people can be their true selves and express themselves without judgement or criticism. The laser-focussed dedication of the staff, coupled with an industry-driven curriculum makes VADA the premiere choice for any serious actor. VADA currently has two spacious studios, a taping room for auditions, generous props, and ample administrative space, making it the pinnacle of excellence.

o Has Trained at Our Studio?

People from all walks of life have attended VADA to improve their acting. Many of our alumni went on to become celebrities and have hugely successful careers. Others have used their training at VADA to move them into other avenues of show business. Over the past 15 years we have had Writers, Producers, Directors, Stunt Performers, Singers, Dancers, Athletes, Comedians, Talent Agents, Casting Directors, Editors and Acrobats come through our doors to help improve their understanding of the craft of acting.

What is Our Approach?

It is a varied array of techniques and methodologies. We have taken modern and contemporary perspectives and expertly blended those with the classic acting technologies of the past. We pull from modern day master teachers to the classic techniques from Stanislavsky, Adler, Laban, Alexander, Meisner and countless more.

Who Can Do This?

Almost anyone. We have an open door policy for all who want to act. VADA welcomes all artists who want to improve their skills. We have no strict entrance exams or interviews. In short, we love acting and anyone who wants to join is welcome to.

My experience at VADA has been truly wonderful. This is an amazing community of passionate people who care about both their work and the development of their students. All of the teachers are actively working in the industry which allows you to get a good sense of what is involved and what is required of you. The people attending this school are equally amazing and you are continuously surrounded by dedicated and inspiring individuals. I would not hesitate at all to recommend this school to anyone. Amazing place!
Sara Steil

Ideal Location

Vancouver is an ideal place for one to have a thriving acting career being that it is the third largest film production center in North America. With hundreds of millions spent on TV, Feature films and Commercials each year, there is no better place to apply the skills VADA teaches. Simply put: Vancouver is teeming with opportunity for actors.

We Help You Get Your Career Started!

Here at VADA, we pride ourselves on our ability to create opportunities for students to connect with industry players. This means you will have chances to perform in front of local talent agents and casting directors during the program and in our virtual Showcase Event.

Start Your Acting Career Today…

Join VADA, no other school gives you better support to kickstart your career after graduation! If you’re ready to hone your professional acting skills then fill out the form on this page to receive more information! Or give us a call at 604-633-1525 to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable VADA Admissions Advisor today.