Greetings, Audition Hackers! Today, I’m going to introduce you to a part-time drama school that has quickly become well-known. It is Identity School of Acting. The School was established in 2001 by Femi Oguns, who at first distributed flyers in the streets of Brixton. It is now the most renowned part-time drama school in the UK. I’ll share some advice for drama school auditions here. You can read all kinds of things online about Identity, but if you’re an aspiring actor looking to try out something that might be a good stepping stone into professional acting, Identity is the place to be.
What types of courses can I apply for?
In lieu of a full-time drama school, IDSA provides part-time actor training. Actors from all over the world can apply for IDSA Online, or you can enroll in the IDSA In-Person Course at one of our branches in London or Los Angeles.
How long are IDSA courses?
For a 12-week semester, students will attend two classes per week for a total of six hours per week. The academic year is divided into three semesters: spring, summer, and fall.
We would anticipate students to train for a minimum of three years in order to benefit the most from IDSA training. You can, however, choose to enroll for as many semesters (terms) as you like.
What is the Fresher Course?
If you are 21 or older when you enter IDSA after being accepted, you will be admitted to the Fresher Course. You will be enrolled in the Young Actors Course (YAC) if you are 16 to 20 years old. When students turn 21 years old, they advance to the Adult Core Program.
Do IDSA Los Angeles students take part in the Fresher Course?
For a list of our current modules, please visit our ‘What We Teach’ page. Additionally, we provide short courses and pop-up sessions with renowned casting directors as well as active directors and practitioners throughout the year.
What are the tuition fees and can I pay in instalments?
To view the tuition costs for IDSA London, Los Angeles, and Online, please click here. Each semester or term can be paid for by the student in one, two, or three installments.
What days and times will I have class?
Candidates who are selected will be placed in one of the following tier levels:
Adults – Core Training Programme (CTP)
Freshers Foundation, Freshers Intermediate or Freshers Advanced.
Under 21 – Young Actors Programme (YAC)
Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced.
Please click here to view class days and times.
Can I swap my class days/times?
You are enrolled in a class and given dates and times once you have an audition and have joined the school. These will fall into the times listed here. Unfortunately, once your times have been confirmed, you are unable to change them.
Where can I find semester/term dates?
You can find more information about our semester/term dates here.
Do you offer training online?
Yes, we provide global students with access to our online training. You can find more information about the course here.
If I choose the Online Course, can I change my mind and move to the In-person Course?
If there is availability, students may switch from online to in-person classes in LA or London with a half-term’s notice.
Does IDSA offer qualifications?
Instead of an accredited course, IDSA provides part-time training that is industry-focused and vocational. allowing you to enroll for as many semesters (terms) as you’d like In addition, taking short courses at IDSA may lead to accreditation, depending on the course’s subject.
Does IDSA hold showcases?
Indeed, online Showcase is held in the Fall Semester for students taking the Los Angeles In-Person Course. Please be advised that first-year students (those enrolled in their first two semesters) complete an In-House Presentation performance instead of participating in Showcase. Find out more here.
Why are the tuition fee rates different for each insitution?
The cost of delivering the course determines how much the tuition will be. Despite our best efforts, offering in-person classes is more expensive than offering them online. Each institution has different costs, and these differences are reflected in the fees.
Do I need to audition to be accepted into IDSA?Yes. All applicants need to apply and audition for a place at any IDSA school.
You can find out more about the audition process here
When are auditions open?
You may submit an application at any time because we hold ongoing auditions all year long. All IDSA auditions are currently held online via a Zoom. Click here to apply now.
Do I need to prepare a monologue or learn a script for the audition?Yes, you will be sent a script to learn and prepare for the audition. This will be sent to you once you have applied, alongside relevant audition information.
We receive a large number of applications each term, so even though we try to get in touch with you within 7 to 10 working days, there may be times when we can’t. Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions about your audition results after 7–10 working days.
I’ve been accepted into IDSA, but I can no longer attend – can I defer until the next term?
Please email us at [email protected] with your question if you are offered a spot on our course but are suddenly unable to begin the course the following term. We will try our best to accommodate you.
I attended IDSA previously and I would like to come back, do I need to audition again?
Yes, in order to enroll again at any IDSA school, all former students must audition.
What are the application requirements?
To apply to Identity School of Acting, candidates are not required to have any prior experience or professional training. Each applicant’s performance during the audition process serves as the only basis for evaluation. In order to attend Identity School of Acting you must:
- Be fluent in the English language
- Be 16+ when commencing at IDSA
What is the application process?
Please fill in the short application form on our website. We do not accept postal or telephone applications. Your form will be sent to our auditions team, who will process it after you click submit. Your audition information will then be sent to you via email. Rather than preparing a monologue, you will receive a scene to learn for the audition.
Please email us at [email protected] if you are given a time and date that you are unable to make.
How much is the application fee?
IDSA Online and London applicants pay £50 in audition fees, while IDSA Los Angeles applicants pay $40. Our audition fees are non-refundable.
I’ve applied for my audition, how soon will I receive an audition date?
Within 7 to 10 working days of submitting your application for an audition, you will receive a response via email. In the meantime, if you have any questions, send us an email at [email protected].
How often can a student move up or down a tier level?
Please email us at [email protected] if you are having trouble applying to the school for any reason.
Can IDSA assist with advice on Visa applications?Please reach out to your country’s embassy to find out more about Visa applications. Unfortunately, IDSA cannot give advice on Visa applications for international students.
Identity Agency Group (IAG)
Can I audition if I am already represented by another talent agency?Yes. Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group are two separate entities. Therefore, your training will not be affected in any way if you are represented by a talent agency.
Please email [email protected] if you have a question about submitting an application or auditioning.
If you have a general question, please use our contact form or send an email to [email protected]. If you’d like to schedule a callback with our inquiries team, please indicate that in your message.
Do you accept mature students?Of course! As a school focused on promoting diversity in the Arts, we encourage applicants of all ages (16+) to apply, you will be assessed on your acting ability, not your age.
The Los Angeles school’s tuition is paid in US dollars ($).
When is the next short course?
To join our mailing list and receive notifications of upcoming masterclasses and short courses, please click here.
Can I attend an IDSA Short/Master Course if I’m not a student?
Yes, both IDSA students and the general public are welcome to enroll in our short/master courses.
Does the school offer drop-in classes for students to attend on a one off basis, every now and then?
Since IDSA is a part-time drama school, admission to our regular classes requires an audition. Nevertheless, some of our short courses are accessible to everyone, so keep an eye on this website.
Do you teach musical theatre at IDSA?No, at this time we do not. However, we have recently acquired our own theatre studios, so this may be something we offer in the near future.In This Section
Pros and Cons of Identity Drama School of Acting – Los Angeles (IDSA School of Drama)
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