Privacy Policy

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is committed to protecting your privacy and we treat any information you share with discretion, care and respect. This privacy policy describes who we are, what data we collect, and how we use that data. You can also find out how you can exercise your privacy rights.

This privacy policy may be revised on occasion, so please check this page for updates. We last updated this privacy policy on November 17, 2021.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you may contact us using our online contact form, call 800-463-8990, or write us at: The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Attention: Marketing Department, 1336 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Who are we?

Founded in 1884 as the first conservatory for actors in the English-speaking world, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts has consistently focused on a single mission: Training the best and brightest students from around the globe to become highly skilled, confident, well-rounded actors. The Academy’s innovative training inspires creativity and imagination while exploring respected techniques under the guidance of our esteemed faculty, directors and industry experts.

What types of personal and non-personal information do we gather online?

We gather personally identifiable information when completing and filling out the application and requests for information through our promotions and password-protected areas of this Site. We collect only personal information that you provide to us such as: name, address, phone number, email address, and responses to specific questions. We may also record the types of product/resource information you have requested on the Site. Our site is meant for those 13 or older. Please consent with a parent if you are less than 13 years of age before registering for an account with us or sharing any personal information.

How do we collect information about you?

We may obtain information about you if, for example, you contact us, register for one of our online or in-person events, subscribe to an email newsletter, request information, engage with us on social media, or apply for a program.

Can I get a copy of my data?

Yes. We believe that our users have every right to own their own data. You may request a copy of all data we have stored with your profile by contacting us.

For whom is this site intended?

Our site is meant for those 13 or older. Please consent with a parent if you are less than 13 years of age before registering for an account with us or sharing any personal information. If you are under the age of 13 and requesting information, please have a guardian check the appropriate box to give consent to allow us to capture your user data.

How do we use the personal and non-personal information that we gather?

We use personally identifiable information to respond to requests, to provide special offers, and to notify users of new resources or actions on our site. Like most websites, we may also add to the above personally identifiable information a variety of technical data, including (but not limited to) your IP address (a unique number that identifies your access account on the Internet), domain, and web browser information. We may track the page you visited before coming to our Site, the page you link to when you leave, which of our pages you access, and how long you spend on each page.

What about cookies and gifs?

We receive and store certain types of information automatically through the use of "cookies" and 1-pixel GIFs. Cookies are files that your web browser places on your computer's hard drive. 1-pixel GIFs are tags that reside on certain pages of our website. We use cookies and GIFs to track your experience with this website and to tell us if you have visited this site previously. You may set your browser to reject cookies, but this may limit some functionality of the Site. We do not use cookies or GIFs to retrieve personal information about you from your computer. If you decline cookies, your information will not be tracked as you browse the site. However, we will use a single cookie to remember your preferences.

Do we disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties?

From time to time, we may provide your personally identifiable information with third parties that we use for our own business purposes, such as to process your order or request for information, or to provide special services for us. If you do not want us to disclose this information to these companies, please contact us. Please be aware that you may receive another contact before your name removal takes effect. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Notwithstanding anything else in this policy, we may: (a) disclose personal and aggregate information when required by a valid legal mechanism such as a search warrant, subpoena, or court order, or when we deem it necessary to protect the safety of Site users, our employees or property; and (b) disclose personal information in the context of the sale of some or all of our assets.

What third party services access my data provided to

We use several third party services in order to communicate with our users, including:

  • The Dot Corp: We use this company for fulfillment and on demand printing materials
  • Facebook: We use this service for remarketing ads
  • Google: We use this service for remarketing ads and keywords
  • Emailhero: We use this service for email marketing
  • Twilio: We use this service texting services
  • DocuSign: We use this service online document processing
  • PayPal: We use this service payment processing

Please note, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts does not sell users’ data to these or any other third party services.

Who can see my data?

For our users’ protection and privacy, only required roles and permissions at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts have access to necessary user data. We’ve designed our systems to limit the number of employees that have access to user data and to actively monitor the activities of those employees. AADA employees are only granted a limited set of default permissions to access company resources. AADA follows a formal process to grant or revoke employee access to AADA resources, and access is automatically removed for departing employees. Access authorization is enforced at all relevant layers of the system. An employee's authorization settings are used to control access to all resources, including data. Access is monitored by our dedicated security teams as a check on the effectiveness of our controls. The security teams actively monitor access patterns and investigate unusual events.

How are "Contact Us" emails treated?

We use "Contact Us" forms to allow you to contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have. We read every message sent in and try to reply promptly to each one. This information is used to respond directly to your questions or comments. We may also file your comments to improve the website.

Can I opt out of receiving communications from

Yes. If you do not wish to receive email communications please contact us and ask to opt out of communications from The Academy. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Can I delete my Academy Account?

Yes. If you wish to delete your Academy Account please contact us. You may also make this request by calling 800-463-8990.

How long do you store my data?

We store user data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes for which it was collected. AADA will continue to comply with GDPR requirements. In order to best serve users, AADA will continue to store users data, unless requested otherwise.

How will respond in the event of a data breach?

As a GDPR-compliant (General Data Protection Regulation) organization, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts will report any personal data breaches that adversely affect individuals’ rights and freedoms to the appropriate authorities within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach.

CCPA Guidelines

Although we are a non-profit organization and exempt from complying with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), we strive to operate in accordance with the CCPA’s requirements for protecting consumers’ personal information and privacy.

Site Links

This Site may contain links to other Websites. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Websites.

Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, every data subject shall have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of his or her habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if the data subject considers that the processing of personal data relating to him or her infringes this Regulation.

The supervisory authority with which the complaint has been lodged shall inform the complainant on the progress and the outcome of the complaint including the possibility of a judicial remedy.

Will this policy change?

From time to time this privacy policy may be revised, please check this privacy policy for the most recent update.

Contact Us

In order to modify your communication preferences, privacy settings, or delete your account, contact us via one of the methods below.

  • Use our online contact form
  • Call 800-463-8990
  • Write us at: The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Attention: Marketing Department, 1336 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Please be sure to include your first name, last name, address, city, state, zip code, and phone number to ensure we can process your request.

Please be advised, we may need to verify your identity in order to perform some requests, such as deleting an Academy account. Verification methods may include emailing us from the email address associated with your account or calling us from the phone number associated with your account.