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Widening Participation and Outreach

ALRA is dedicated to helping students of all backgrounds and ages to enter the world of live and recorded arts industries. We offer three types of access provision for students: School/College outreach auditions, regional auditions, preliminary online assessments, collaborative partners and network building.

Outreach and Regional Auditions

To ensure that students who can’t afford to travel to Wigan or London for our in house auditions we travel to their college or offer a regional audition. Our strategy for determining which colleges/regions to visit includes highlighting areas of deprivation where there is a low level of engagement in the performing arts. Senior Staff members visit schools and venues accross the UK and offer workshops, auditions, talks and Q&A sessions to provide information about accessing higher education, the potential employment opportunities post ALRA as well as general advice on performance careers.

We run outreach auditions with schools, colleges and other organisations including:

Barton Peveril
York College
Cirencester College
Generation Arts
London Bubble Theatre
SGS College, Bristol
Cathedral Academy Wakefield
Guernsey College
Warrington College
Blackpool Sixth Form
Loughborough College
Blackpool Sixth Form
Leicester College
Doncaster Little Theatre
Newcastle College
Read College
Nescot College
Guernsey College
York College
Manchester College
SGS College
Runshaw College
Exeter College
Cirencester College
Cardiff and Vale College
Manchester Regional
Glasgow Regional
Middlesborough Regional

ALRA have delivered regional auditions in Manchester, Glasgow and Middlesborough

Our Joint Audition project with Italia Conti and Drama Studio London was nominated for a drama prize in 2021 and we are always keen to collaborate to improve accessibility for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to audition for drama school.

If you would like an ALRA representative to attend a careers or HE event that you run, please get in touch via

Preliminary Online Assessment for International Students

ALRA understands the high costs involved for international students wishing to study in the UK who are required to attend an audition. We have a preliminary stage for international applicants, which we hope will result in reduced costs for some of our overseas applicants. Pieces must be recorded and posted to YouTube and a link supplied to the Registrar.

Work will be assessed and if successful students are invited to audition at ALRA in London or Wigan to complete the full audition.

Network Building

We build our networks to access diverse student populations who would not normally be aware of ALRA or the opportunities that our unique training provide.

Members of the ALRA team attend higher education events and careers fairs and we can arrange to run workshops for potential students.

We have been represented at the following conferences and events:

Compose Your Future (London and Manchester)
The Higher Education Show
Theatre Craft Show
Brit School Careers and HE Event
Music & Drama Education Expo
What Career? What University?
CDMT Careers Event 2020/2021


ALRA demonstrates an exceptionally high record of retaining students between all levels of study with 90% of students continuing to throughout the their courses at high success rates.

ALRA’s Working Groups

ALRA have four working groups which consist of committees of ALRA students who work to enhance their training experience through a co-ordinated, sustained conversation between the board, Senior Leadership and faculty.

Currently the groups are:

Disability Working Group
LGBTQ+ Working Group
Graduate Advisory Board
Global Majority Working Group

You can read more about the chairs of these groups here.

Academy of Live and Recorded Arts