ALRA Acting Schools in London & Manchester



You can find details of all our professional acting courses in our prospectus – available for download here.

      • Building Performance – Devised Work and Scene Study; you will work on a variety of texts – Shakespeare, Greek, C19th Realism, American Classic, Tragedy, TV Comedy, Contemporary writers. 
      • Acting Studies – Classes in: Acting Technique, Screen Acting, Acting for Radio, Improvisation, Skills building.
      • Voice Studies – Classes in: Voicing Text, Technical Voice, Articulation and RP, Choral.
      • Movement Studies – Classes in: Creative Movement, Body, Movement Studies, Period Movement and Dance, Combat.
      • Contextual Studies – Classes in: Text Analysis & Preparation, Voice Physiology, Physical Theatre Practices, Musicianship, Critiquing, Professional Practice and Industry Opportunities. 

Teaching and Learning

The first year focuses on discovery and exploration – understanding the equipment you have and how to use and develop it.
The second year encourages you to apply your emerging techniques in the acting space, on screen and to the microphone using increasingly complex texts.
In the final year your skills and abilities are tested in the public arena in Live Performance (Theatre), Recorded Performance (TV Drama and Audio), Professional Preparation (Showcase and practice auditions / professional panels) and Contextual Studies – an in depth preparation for character and performance.

Contact time is 36 timetabled hours a week throughout the first two years. Professional hours are worked throughout the final year around production and filming schedules.

ALRA tutors are both trained teachers and professional practitioners. Third year Directors are visiting professional theatre or television directors.

Our acting classes are both practical and theoretical, involving group, pair and solo exercises and rehearsal; you will be asked to research, reflect and share your discoveries in occasional presentations. Rehearsals can be workshops, script analysis and traditional rehearsals.

Building Performance presentations take place twice every term, with studio presentations in Voice and Movement at the end of every term.

Extra-curricular workshops take place in weeks 5 and 11 of each term.

Public Productions

At the end of the second year you will take a Shakespeare presentation into local schools. In the final year you will: 

      • Perform in three plays in the ALRA Theatresupported by our theatre production team
      • Record a 10 minute film which will be streamed on our recorded media channelsshow
      • Make a TV presenting showreel
      • Make an audioreel
      • Perform in a Showcase and audition panels in London and Manchester to industry professionals


Upon successfully completing the Three Year Acting Programme you will be awarded –

      • BA (Hons) Acting (validated by St Mary’s University College)

In addition you will be entitled to Full Equity Membership through our CDET accreditation and join Spotlight at the start of your final year.

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