Drama school LAMDA has announced a three-year partnership with audiobook giant Audible aimed at developing the “next generation” of acting talent.
The deal will see Audible provide £150,000 to the school, with the organisations working together to develop acting talent through scholarships and training opportunities in audio entertainment.
As part of the collaboration, LAMDA students will develop original audio plays in collaboration with Audible.
The audiobook seller will also fund a scholarship to support an undergraduate student on LAMDA’s BA Professional Acting course, covering the full three years of tuition fees. The scholarship will be provided to a student who requires financial assistance and has an interest in audio recording.
LAMDA and Audible will provide audio skills training workshops at Audible’s studios, which will include classes on microphone technique, creating voice reels and career advice. Audible will also fund new technology to be installed at LAMDA’s training facilities.
LAMDA principal Joanna Read said: “We are delighted that this new partnership has come to fruition.
“Here at LAMDA we are committed to providing students with diverse and varied training which will set them up for a career in an industry which is constantly evolving. This new collaboration will offer our talented students an exciting opportunity to develop skills within an increasingly growing field of performing arts.”
Tracey Markham, country manager at Audible UK, said: “We are hugely excited to partner with LAMDA to support and train young actors.
“At Audible we are honoured to work with the world’s finest actors, and we are passionate about nurturing the next generation of talent. Now we look forward to working with LAMDA to inspire and train today’s most promising young actors and to bring new voices to our global audience of listeners.’”
Audible recently moved into theatre producing, with the US transfer of the Royal Court’s production of Girls and Boys starring Carey Mulligan.
Earlier this year, Audible also announced playwrights Gary McNair and James Fritz were among the first writers selected to create new plays as part of a $5 million (£3.6 million) commissioning drive of original audio plays.