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We know there are some concerns about what studying at ALRA will be like from September. ALRA is committed to, and will provide, the conservatoire experience that each student deserves. We will continue to deliver our programmes at the highest level of quality and safety – always adhering to government guidelines. Students will receive full information before courses begin in September and we are looking forward to welcoming back our existing students and enrolling all of our new recruits.

Our courses in London and Wigan are identical; it is just their location and cost that vary.

ALRA provides the highest quality acting training for students. Based in both London and Wigan, Lancashire, our drama courses cover TV & film acting as well as acting for the stage and radio from week 1 to the end of training.

You will also study movement, voice, acting technique, text, stage combat, TV presenting, radio and other drama elements required to work as a professional actor. Find out more information on each of our acting courses below or on our Acting Courses page.


At ALRA, we apply the same professional standard to all our courses to ensure they are fit for purpose and more importantly to ensure that when you have completed your course you have the skills and ability to move to the next level or to enter the profession. Find out more about each of our courses below:

  • BA Hons Acting: ALRA alumnae (acting BA) performing on stage in a production for the Three Year Professional Acting Degree

    BA (Hons) Acting

    The BA (Hons) Acting is a programme of study that is suitable for those determined to become professional actors… Read More
  • Foundation Acting Course (Full-Time) | ALRA

    Foundation Acting

    Our Foundation Diploma in Acting course gives students a real insight into conservatoire actor training and preparation for working in the industry… Read More
  • MA Acting, postgraduate acting course, full-time, 15 Month

    MA Professional Acting

    ALRA’s Acting MA (15 months) is a full time Actor training programme that focuses on the skills and techniques needed for professional acting today… Read More
  • Student practising during ALRA MA in Directing, Masters in theatre directing class

    MA Directing

    The aim of this course is to create graduates who will change the demographic of live theatre directors. Students will develop an understanding of a wide variety of practices that can be used to shape performance. Read More
  • MA Teaching (Creative Performance Practice)

    MA Teaching (Creative Performance Practice)

    This innovative teaching course for performing arts professionals is designed for experienced artists or tutors who want to develop their teaching skills in a conservatoire setting. Read More
  • MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts)

    MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts)

    ALRA is collaborating with Kristin Linklater to create a unique Master of Fine Arts degree, subject to validation by St Marys University, Twickenham. Read More
  • Trinity College, London and ALRA

    Trinity College, London and ALRA

    ALRA has a long-standing relationship with Trinity College, London which enables students to benefit form the Dance and Drama Awards scheme. This scheme helps students pay for their course fees and some can receive support for living expenses. Read More
  • BA (hons) Acting, Creative Performance Practice

    Leicester College

    A performance degree and professional preparation in two years. Delivered at Leicester College with Curriculum and Training approaches designed using ALRA's Conservatoire ethos. Read More
  • Nottingham College 1 Year Acting Foundation – in Association with ALRA

    Nottingham College

    This Foundation Course at Nottingham College is designed to refine skills in preparation for drama school or university. This course is endorsed by ALRA with elements of the Foundation course. Read More
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Short Courses & Workshops

At various times throughout the year ALRA offers drama courses on a range of subjects such as voice, movement, Shakespeare and acting classes in different genres. Go to our Short Courses page for the latest offering.

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Next Open Days Available
  • ALRA North Open Day | November

    ALRA North Open Day | November

    Saturday 23th November
    Doors Open at 09:30AM
    Starts at 10:00AM

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ALRA understands that choosing to go to drama school is a big decision. We have put together some useful information to help you through the application process and beyond.

Here is some useful information for applicants:

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ALRA's Notable Alumni
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Reasons to study at ALRA
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    ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA’s acting training includes specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.
  • ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA has built strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.
  • ALRA’s resident teams are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.
  • ALRA’s reputation of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
  • ALRA recruits a comparatively small number of students each year so that everybody has our full attention and feels part of the school from the moment they arrive.
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