​The process of preparing for and succeeding in a LAMDA Examination helps Learners, whatever their ages or aspirations, to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life. Our examinations develop a Learner’s ability to: • read easily, fluently and with good understanding • expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression • improve confidence in speaking and listening • memorise and recall information • research and create persuasive formal presentations • create and defend arguments  • engage in constructive informal conversation • work both on their own and participate as a member of a team. No matter what direction Learners choose to follow in the future, our examinations provide the opportunity to nurture their natural abilities. These critical skills will enhance their self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, whether at school, in further education, at work or in the community. In other words, to fulfil their potential. All our examinations are rooted in encouraging Learners of all ages to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word. This syllabus provides a wide range of opportunities to do so. Ultimately, it is a sense of achievement that empowers the Learner. We believe that succeeding in a LAMDA Examination demonstrates not only that they have met rigorous Assessment Criteria in a particular discipline, but also that they have grown as individuals through participating in a worthwhile activity that is respected as a global standard.

Fund Your Training
It’s our mission to nurture extraordinary interest and talent, no matter what your personal situation. If you’ve got what it takes to be trained by the best, don’t let your financial circumstances hold you back. Contact us for more information. 

Policy Statement
The Oconee Community Theatre (OCT) works with children, young people and adults, delivering sessions in acting, movement, voice and technical theatre skills that aim to be educational and fun. This can only be achieved in an atmosphere of trust, respect, safety and security.  OCT is therefore committed to creating an environment which ensures all children and adults can learn and develop, and one that prevents risk from any form of harm or abuse.   

Drama is a collaborative art form and the training we give stresses the importance of working together to achieve excellence. At the root of our teaching is the shared responsibility between individual and group. We nurture everyone’s unique talents and give all our students the tools they need to each become independent, creative artists and technicians, along with all the help and guidance they need to transition and make their mark within the creative and performing arts industry. This commitment to the nature of ensemble is at the heart of how we support and care for each other. In all of our studios, meeting rooms and rehearsal spaces you will find our Ensemble Commitment: 

"We are all here to support each other in learning and creating. We want LAMDA to be a safe and inclusive space where we can take risks, be courageous and fail as well as succeed. We commit to being respectful to each other, taking care of each other and listening to each other. If we witness or experience bullying or harassment of any kind we will speak out, knowing that we will be heard. Together we can make this a safe and productive environment for our students and staff alike." 

​Industry-supported training for successful careers in theatre, film, television, and live events. Classes in Geometric Drafting and CAD design for the theatre, Lighting and Sound Design/Operation, Stage Management, Production Management, Technical Construction and Rigging.

​Performance Classes

Short Courses (Summer Camp)

What is LAMDA?

"The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art".  

Founded in 1861, LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK, and began to offer classes and examinations in speech and drama to the public over 130 years ago. Since then LAMDA has developed an enviable reputation for excellence in the provision of Communication and Performance instruction in the UK, and are rapidly extending their reach internationally. The Oconee Community Theatre is the first community theatre in the United States to begin teaching from the LAMDA Course Syllabi for K-12 students and adults.

​LAMDA’s communication classes provide the opportunity to develop a clear speaking voice, positive body language and self-confidence by exploring different uses of spoken English.

Speaking Verse and Prose [Regulated Qualification]
Developing a strong speaking voice and memory skills, designed for individual candidates.
Reading for Performance [Regulated Qualification]
Learning how to construct a performance recital, designed for individual candidates.
Speaking in Public [Regulated Qualification]
Developing essential skills for constructing and delivering talks, presentations and speeches. Designed for individual candidates.
Introductory [Non-Regulated Examination]
Three basic examinations exploring poetry and conversation skills designed to introduce the exams structure. Designed for individual candidates and groups of three to ten.

​LAMDA and OCT believe in the transformative power of the dramatic arts and the value to society of creativity, innovation and authentic, confident communication. Partnering with a world-leading conservatoire and globally recognised awarding body, The Oconee Community Theatre is proud to offer exceptional training to creative artists and technicians, and empower people of all ages and backgrounds through our classes in drama, literature, poetry, and other components of the Dramatic Arts. We are fortunate to be near three University Theatre Departments, and will enlist their participation in our endeavors.

Acting & Directing Courses

​Professional acting and directing courses that will pave a supportive, vocational path for those who want to grow their talent and free their imagination, or those who enjoy working in theatre as a hobby. 

Production & Technical Arts Courses

• Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
• Expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
• Become more confident in speaking and listening
• Memorize and recall information
• Research and create persuasive formal presentations
• Create and defend arguments, and to think on their feet
• Engage in constructive informal conversation
• Work both on their own and participate as a member of a team​

​Communication Classes

Performance and Communication Classes Develop the Ability To:


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​LAMDA’s performance examinations use drama to develop self-confidence, physical presence and a strong speaking voice.

Acting [Regulated Qualification]
Developing a strong speaking voice and good memory skills by learning and performing monologues and duologues. Designed for solo or duologue performances.
Devising Drama [Regulated Qualification]
Developing creativity by exploring ideas and themes, and realizing them through devised dramatic performances. Designed for solo or duologue performances.
Miming [Regulated Qualification]
Gaining an understanding of non-verbal communication by exploring body language and facial expression, and putting it into a dramatic performance. Designed for solo or duo performances.

Short courses ranging from two-to-eight weeks in length are offered each summer in London. Consult with us for further information on these courses. 

Audition Technique
If you’d like to learn more about preparing for acting auditions or applying to drama school, our exciting two-week course offers a comprehensive introduction to audition technique.

Introduction to Screen Acting
A practical and intensive course specially designed for people with some theatre experience but who may not have worked on camera.

Shakespeare Summer School
Develop a deeper understanding of poetic drama with our popular summer intensive Shakespeare course.

Acting in English
Whether you are trained in another language or are looking to train as an actor, this course is ideal if you consider English as a second language.