The Cape Academy of Dramatic Art is an established Academy with over 75 years of experience behind it. Originally called the Maas-Phillips College of Speech and Drama, it was founded by Rita Maas and her husband, Maurice Phillips.
The Academy successfully nurtured the talents of well-known actors, broadcasters, directors and designers and is well-known throughout Cape Town.
In 1990, Rita Maas handed over the reins to three of her senior teachers, Jeanne Rose-Innes, Penny Marek and Arij Tobias. The original College was renamed “The Cape Academy of Dramatic Art” and moved into premises at the Observatory Recreation Centre, where it still operates.