London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
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The institutions that combined to form LAMDA date from 1861 and include the London Academy of Music founded by Henry Wylde in 1867. In the 1880s the academy began offering speech examinations to the public and since then these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation.
Always based in West London, LAMDA moved into Tower House in Earls Court in 1946, (where it was until 2003). The MacOwan Theatre was custom-built as a performing space for LAMDA a couple of streets away in 1963.
As well as being a member of the United Kingdom's national Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, the academy's largest programs, in acting, stage management and theatre technical work, are accredited through the University of Kent. It also offers courses for directors and drama teachers. Additionally, the conservatory conducts the LAMDA examinations and medals, acting qualifications for school students.
LAMDA's president is Timothy West and its principal is Peter James. It is registered as a company under the name Lamda Ltd and as a charity under its trading name London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. There is an associate company in America under the name LAMDA in America, Inc., previously known as The American Friends of LAMDA.
The alumni can be found listed at list of alumni.