Acting Courses | ALRA

We apply the same professional standards to all our courses. We offer both a BA Degree and a Level 6 route to training and ensure all our classes from singing, musical theatre and acting to lessons in dance, movement and voice are fit for purpose.

More importantly we ensure that when you have completed your drama training you have the skills and ability to move to the next level of study or enter the profession.

Foundation Acting

Our Foundation acting course will get you ready for Drama School auditions. It is equally useful as an introduction to higher level theatre training at accredited acting schools or drama courses at universities.

  • Foundation Acting Course (Full-Time) | ALRA

    Foundation Acting

    The Foundation Acting course gives students a real insight into conservatoire actor training and preparation for working in the industry.

    It is ideal as preparation for professional theatre or training at a higher level such as an acting degree at one of the accredited acting schools or drama courses and dramatic arts modules at universities. Working alongside the other ALRA students, Foundation Acting students have full access to the facilities and are inspired by peers to achieve high standards of work.

    The Foundation students are offered complimentary tickets to productions showcasing the work of the acting degree and masters programme.
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Professional Acting Courses

ALRA students follow the BA or MA programmes set out on this website. Additionally, those students in receipt of a DaDA will receive the relevant Trinity College qualification.

Of the many performing arts courses and acting classes available, the ALRA acting degrees are highly regarded by industry and educational organisations. Our standards are high and we are regularly assessed by our awarding bodies to ensure quality and maintain exacting standards.

The ALRA ethos of inclusivity and ensemble working is evident from our auditions all the way through to the showcases and potential casting calls at the end of the courses.

ALRA students are disciplined, respectful, generous and determined. Several of our students have won prestigious awards and our Alumni are active and supportive.

  • 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
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Postgraduate Acting Courses

ALRA postgraduate degrees consist of modules that cover acting styles and techniques for theatre, film, TV and radio.

ALRA offers a comprehensive training and is one of the accredited drama schools recognised by the Federation of Drama Schools. Of the many performing arts courses and acting classes available, the ALRA acting degrees are highly regarded by industry and educational organisations.

Our standards are high and we are regularly assessed by our awarding bodies to ensure quality and maintain exacting standards.

These masters courses require a strong professional focus, a good level of stamina and a very high level of commitment. We welcome all applicants and typical students are those with some performance experience or those seeking a career change.

You don’t necessarily need to have recently completed a degree course to apply but an elevated level of maturity and experience is required from anyone wishing to join one of our postgraduate courses.

International students are welcome. If you are thinking of studying acting abroad in London or Manchester please read the relevant guidelines.

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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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  • Audition Guidelines

    Auditions Guidelines

    • Your Audition
    • Audition Format

    Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one from a contemporary and one from a Shakespeare or Jacobean play.

    Please make sure you have read the whole play your monologue comes from and that it works as a stand-alone speech, not requiring input from another character.

    Ensure that you:

    • Prepare & Learn your monologue pieces
    • Choose monologue pieces that match your age
    • Do not use props or costume in your monologues
    • Use only your natural accent in your monologues
    • Avoid directing your monologues at the panel
    • Wear suitable clothing allowing free movement throughout the day
      (which allows tutors to assess posture and movement)

    ALRA is assessing you on the following qualities and abilities:

    • Truth, focus and concentration
    • Ability to take direction
    • Ability to express thought and feeling through text, movement and voice
    • Openness and responsiveness to others imagination and creativity
    • Evidence of stamina and co-ordination

    ALRA will form an opinion on these matters at audition & interview and record the outcomes for scrutiny and feedback.

    ALRA offers various provisions for access to our full-time courses for applicants:

    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at ALRA North & South Campus
    • Workshops & Auditions at Private Outreach  Venues
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at Regional UK Venues
    • Preliminary Online Assessments for International Students
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at International Venues
    • Collaborative Partnerships

    ALRA follows the ‘Auditioning and interviewing for Dance & Drama Code of Practice’ as detailed on the CDMT and EFA websites.

    Audition Days (All Acting Courses)

    Selection is made by audition that takes place over one day and tests applicants on performance of text, vocal and physical suitability and individual interview.

    Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one contemporary and one Shakespeare or Jacobean play. This forms Stage 1 of ALRA’s audition process.

    If the applicant is successful in passing Stage 1, they are then asked to participate in a movement and improvisation workshop, undertake a Text and Vocal assessment workshop and will then finally be invited to Interview.

    The audition process is designed to assess which acting course is most suitable for your level of development, offering you feedback at the end of your day and discuss your options, with opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the audition process.

    Audition Results

    ALRA operates an Equal Opportunities Policy: all candidates will be assessed on their potential to meet the demands of the course and considered entirely on the basis of merit. Those showing the most aptitude at audition will be considered for Dance and Drama Awards.  

    The audition panel for all full-time courses are run by Course Leaders, Lead Tutors and Senior Staff members, final selection is completed by the Principal and Registrar.

    Successful applicants will have demonstrated a significant degree of talent, ability, preparation, aptitude and commitment as well as the ability to make a positive contribution to, and benefit from training with ALRA. 

    Audition results are usually processed and sent out via email as well as available on the Audition Management System within ten working days of the date of audition. ALRA always aspires to inform applicants of the audition result within this timeframe but during busier times results can take longer and we ask for patience and understanding in these circumstances.

     

    Feedback from Auditionees

    • Thank you for the opportunity, and for providing a thoroughly enjoyable experience... even if I don't get a place I have loved the experience.
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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 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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