Central School of Speech and Drama

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The Central School of Speech and Drama is a United Kingdom government-funded higher education college in London.

CSSD was founded in 1906 by Elsie Fogerty to offer a new form of training in speech and drama for young actors and other students. During the war, it was based at "The Hall"—the Royal Albert Hall—although it moved during the war to Exeter. Nowadays, the campus is centred around the Embassy Theatre in Swiss Cottage in North London, and, as a government-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning benefits from state-of-the-art facilities.

Courses are provided in acting, costume design and construction, design for the stage, directing, applied theatre & education, drama and movement therapy, dramaturgy, lighting design and production, media and drama education, musical theatre, performance arts, prop-making, puppetry, scenic art, scenic construction, scenography, set design, theatre sound, stage management, technical and production management and writing.

The School is the largest specialist centre for training and study in drama, theatre and the performance arts in Europe, with over 1000 registered students and a faculty of 50 specialist academic staff across three Schools (of Undergraduate Studies, Postgraduate Studies and Community and Professional Development.) While retaining the conservatoire ethos of its world-famous actor training programme and its industry-focused specialist technical theatre training, it has also recently developed its research profile, and recruited its own doctoral students. In 2005, the School became an independent, federal college of the University of London.

Honorary Fellows include Declan Donnellan, Richard Schechner and Jude Kelly.

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Recognized bodies of the University of London

Birkbeck | Courtauld Institute of Art | Central School of Speech and Drama | Goldsmiths | Heythrop | Imperial | Institute of Cancer Research | Institute of Education | King's | London Business School | LSE | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | Queen Mary | Royal Academy of Music | Royal Holloway | Royal Veterinary College | St George's | SOAS | School of Pharmacy | UCL

Listed bodies

University of London Institute in Paris | School of Advanced Study | University Marine Biological Station, Millport

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