Throughout the year, the American Friends of BADA arrange events for BADA supporters, including opportunities to see shows featuring BADA alumni, exclusive meet and greets with illustrious BADA teachers and alumni, and various other activities.

  • An Evening with Tarell Alvin McCraney

    Please join the American Friends of BADA for a very special evening featuring Academy Award winner and alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney (Midsummer in Oxford 2005) in conversation with former Dean & Director Ian Wooldridge.

    October 19, 2017

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Home of Lydia & Mats Carlston
    69 Washington Place
    New York, NY 10011

    Cocktails and light refreshments will be served.



    King Lear $3000
    Macbeth $1000
    Hamlet $500
    The Tempest $250


    To purchase tickets, please click here.

    For assistance in purchasing tickets, contact Seth Dranginis.

    The King Lear ticket level underwrites one full Scholarship to the Midsummer in Oxford Program. 100% of all ticket prices will go directly to support Scholarships for students on BADA’s programs. BADA is committed to a diverse student body and is dedicated to training talented actors regardless of their background or financial situation. Your support ensures that BADA remains a leader in diversity for theatre training institutions.

    About Tarell Alvin McCraney

    Tarell Alvin McCraney won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, with Barry Jenkins, forMoonlight which was based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. He is the incoming Head of the Playwriting Department at the Yale School of Drama.

    Tarell is also known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. They have been performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, The Public Theater in New York, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, at a trio of theaters in the Bay Area: Marin Theatre Company, ACT, and Magic Theatre, as well as the Young Vic in London (Olivier Award nomination) and around the world. Other plays include Choir Boy (Royal Court, Manhattan Theatre Club), Head of Passes (Steppenwolf), The Breach (Southern Rep, Seattle Rep), Wig Out! (Sundance Theatre Institute, Royal Court, and Vineyard Theatre – GLAAD Award for Outstanding Play), and American Trade (Royal Shakespeare Company/Hampstead Theatre).

    Tarell is a Steppenwolf ensemble member and was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s International Playwright in Residence in 2009-2011, where he co-edited and directed the Young People’s Shakespeare production of Hamlet which toured throughout the UK and was presented at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. He is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur fellowship and the Steinberg Playwright Award, as well as London’s Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, the inaugural New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, and the inaugural Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. He is a graduate from the New World School of the Arts High School, the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, and the Yale School of Drama.

  • Amélie, New York City

    April 27, 2017

    The American Friends of BADA attended Amélie starring alumna Phillipa Soo (MCP ’07) at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre. After the show, Phillipa invited the AFBADA group backstage to talk about creating the character and the road from Los Angeles to Broadway.

    Alumna Phillipa Soo with AFBADA Board Members Jennifer Rockwood (MIO ’85) and Derek Jean-Baptiste and AFBADA supporters backstage at the Walter Kerr Theatre

    Calderon’s Two Dreams, New York City

    February 16, 2017

    The American Friends of BADA went to see the Magis Theatre Company‘s production Calderon’s Two Dreams at LaMama featuring alumna Tsebiyah Derry (LTP ’12) at LaMaMa, etc. in New York City.

    AFBADA Board member Jennifer Rockwood (MIO ’85), AFBADA President Lydia Carlston (MIO ’01), Tsebiyah Derry (LTP ’12), and BADA staff member Seth Dranginis

    Amélie, Los Angeles

    January 12, 2017

    AFBADA and a group of almost thirty friends and supporters went to see Amélie starring alumna Phillipa Soo (MCP ’07) at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. After the performance, Phillipa and several of her castmates joined the AFBADA group for a talkback about the show.

    AFBADA at The Shakespeare: An Evening with Brandon Victor Dixon, New York City

    October 24, 2016

    On October 24, 2016, the American Friends of BADA, BADA alumni, and supporters gathered at The Shakespeare restaurant in New York City for a special conversation with alumnus Brandon Victor Dixon (MIO ’98), who is currently starring as Aaron Burr in the Broadway smash hit Hamilton. The evening was hosted by AFBADA President Lydia Carlston (MIO ’01) and the conversation was led by Miriam Hyman (MIO ’10). 100% of the ticket price and donations went to underwrite Scholarships for students on BADA’s programs