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About VADA

A Legacy of Success

Our Story

VADA was originally founded in 1999. 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 VADA’s vision to expand even more, VADA moved yet again; this time planting itself into the heart of downtown Vancouver at 900 Helmcken.

Since its founding, 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 be seen on mainstream television, feature films and commercials.

See What Makes Us the Industry Benchmark for Actor Training

80% of our students achieve professional represenation within six months

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 1999VADA has the highest actor/agency placement in the country. We boast that on average 80% of our students achieve placement on an Agents roster within 6 months of graduationThat means you will be going to auditions for paid professional jobs in a very short amount of time.

Fully Accredited

When you attend an accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality. It’s not easy to become or remain an accredited institution. The rules and regulations are strict, precise and designed to protect students. Here are some of the benefits:

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!



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 judgment or criticism. The laser-focused 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.

Who 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 Hagen, 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.

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 opportunities for actors.

We Help You Get Your Career Started!

Here at VADA, we pride ourselves on our ability to help our students get their careers started. Staff regularly post Open Call Casting opportunities for students to take part in Students Films, Indie Films, Short Films, Commercials, Feature Films, Corporate Videos etc. to make connections with up-and-coming as well as established people in the local production industry. We also work with our students to assist in preparing their professional packages to ensure they are presenting themselves as professionally as possible to the industry to have the best chance at success and provide guidance on which agencies to apply to.

Cathy LCathy L
18:12 03 Oct 23
I took the 2 week on camera acting intensive and it was an experience I will never forget. Going into it having no previous experience in the industry/acting whatsoever, it is incredible reflecting and seeing how much I have learned in just 2 weeks. Simon and Scott are amazing instructors and have an approach that is caring of the learning and success of their students. Graeme has been extremely helpful too.If you are looking for a sign, this is it – I would highly recommend anyone to sign up for any of their courses. Whether you are serious about acting or just want to step out of your comfort zone, VADA will provide that and more.Thank you!
lana Putnamlana Putnam
07:57 29 Sep 23
It is with Gratitude, I write this Review of VADA..I fist made contact with VADA 4 yrs ago when I wanted to expand my creative side. Being from a northern community, coming into this large city! & meeting with Graeme Petrie has been the highlight of my life!! Since completing the Intensive program then , I stayed in contact, and I am back in the Voice Over/ and will complete my Diploma in the Intensive Acting.Graeme has been a huge support for me, through his knowledge and programming with VADA . Thank you for your encouragement and ability that is helping me to get the best ever opportunities in my ventures to be all I can be in the field of Dramatic Arts!! I have gained so much confidence in life!!VADA .. Thank you! .. of course .. the place wouldn’t be the same - without you Simon!! Thank you so much for your support and Encouragement !!
Jana MalikJana Malik
15:11 07 Sep 23
I love the fact that VADA not only gives you the essential skills required for showbiz, they teach you about life, about discovering yourself, about making important well-informed, well thought out choices.It's a safe place where there's no judgment, you can be silly, fall flat or fail & you'll only get support, encouragement & healthy communication. I feel so lucky to be a part of this institution. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to learn from such renowned teachers who are truly masters of their craft. Thank you so much for this life changing experience 💛
Darien GoslingDarien Gosling
00:30 02 Sep 23
VADA is a one of a kind school, they went above and beyond for my class. The staff helped me when ever I needed it, they where always super friendly and just great to talk to.Every teacher cares about us and is hoping for our success. Each one had their own teaching style that was refreshing because you had an idea about how each class would go. They all had incredibly important knowledge to share to my class that I believe will serve me and anyone who listens to it.I highly recommend VADA academy, I also recommend that anyone entering VADA should go in with an open heart and mind. Learn to love, respect and appreciate your class mates and your teachers and you will have an incredible year full of laughs and tears.
20:33 01 Sep 23
great school with amazing teachers and staff! just finished their 6 month diploma program, would highly recommend for actors wanting to get started.
Krista GossKrista Goss
23:11 24 Aug 23
I took the two week intensive. The teachers were knowledgeable, Compassionate, and lifted each student up instead of breaking anyone down. We learned so much in the two weeks, and I really saw improvement on my acting and confidence. I even was able to book a commercial for Translink, with the help of VADA sending an audition notice. I am so grateful and thankful for all support from the teacher and administrations. They really care for all the students. This is your sign to enroll!
Sarah QuinnSarah Quinn
20:03 23 Aug 23
Aislin DowneyAislin Downey
22:18 11 Aug 23
Amazing school. I have learned so much in my year here. Amazing instructors with diverse experiences and styles. For the first time in my life I've known 100% that am in the right place. That I'm wear I am meant to be. So greatful for this program.
Sara CarlettiSara Carletti
20:19 27 Jul 23
I was recommended Vada by a friend. She attended multiple courses and had nothing but great things to say about the programs, about how much she had learned and how great and supportive everyone was. The expectations were high when I started Intro to Acting Pace 1, and I can confirm I was not disappointed. Simon is knowledgeable, funny, and very supportive. I have learned so much about auditioning, acting and I have faced some of my fears in the process. Whether you are hoping to start a career in the film industry, or just get out of your comfort zone and do something fun that will help you grow, this course is a great place to start. Absolutely recommended.
Timothy ChengTimothy Cheng
21:02 05 Jul 23
I took PACE1 and really enjoyed the classes. I learned a lot about acting on camera as a beginner and I look forward to taking more classes.
Nagayuki KameyaNagayuki Kameya
21:50 11 May 23
I took Intro to Acting class PACE 1.It was 8 weeks of class that involved lots of good study and work in front of camera.Simon is teacher and mentor that not only teach us how to act but, he speak about his experience of his auditions in the past and being as an actor on the set. Everything he says is useful aspect for the people who want to be an actor.I really recommend this place!
Justin SchrumpJustin Schrump
05:14 30 Mar 23
photo: example of the acting lines from the two (2) week intensive programVADA provides experience from working professionals like Simon. While working under his guidance there was never a dull moment. Recommended for all ages.
Olga MurphyOlga Murphy
06:06 10 Mar 23
I carefully chose this school to teach me as I am a busy person and do not have much time to waist. I finished 3 evening classes and strongly agree that training is extremely important if you have serious intentions. Teachers are great, Simon Longmore is like a deep well of great experience and knowledge that you can draw from. School location is convenient and evening classes end not too late. Staff is nice, helpful, reliable. Overall, a friendly and professional atmosphere definitely helps to overcome the challenges of stepping into a new career.

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