Academy for Dramatic Arts is a non-profit group that began out of the Berea Area Ministerial Association.The association dreamt of a place where every performer can grow, learn and be active in the performing arts without concern for economic resources, past experience or skill level. 

The members of the association gathered a group of 20 concerned citizens with the love for the arts and raised the initial funds needed to run the academy for one year time. Our first show, Jungle Book Kids had 13 kids in the cast. Since then our academy has grown to include our Theatre for Beginning Artists, Youth Theatre and Main Stage theatre, Summer Theatre Camp as well as partnering with the city of Berea to provide performing arts classes. Join us as we continue to grow and inspire the next generation of performance artists.

Mission, Vision and  Values


Academy For Dramatic Arts is a theatrical experience that exists to serve the community by creating safe spaces for artists of all ages to learn and create regardless of income, cultural, background, experience, previous training or talent.


AFDA wishes to see lives transformed by creativity.


a. Ingenuity-Producing innovative experiences that engage the community in fresh ways 

b. Authenticity-Providing a place for honest artistic expression for artists at all stages of development.

C. Acceptance-Providing a safe spaces for people to create. 

d. Collaboration-Listening to the collective voice to learn and grow. 

e. Momentum-Using our experience to fuel our future progress.