fbpx

Current Student & Staff Login

Welcome to the ALRA News section, we would love for you to subscribe to our news feed, using the options in the right column or sign up to the mailing list by emailing alumni@alra.co.uk

Four times each year ALRA send an enewsletter to our alumni, current students and friends of ALRA.

Also, please take the opportunity to comment on the articles and share them out.

In this section, you can also find articles about our students awards

 

Latest News

Women's History Month Celebrations

The need to recognise and celebrate not only the contribution of women to this world but highlight the ongoing oppression and...
Read More

Adam Fenton wins Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund Award

Adam Fenton, who graduated from ALRA North in 2019, has won one of the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund awards! Emily Aboud, who was...
Read More

LGBTQ+ History Month Celebrations

Here's a round-up of how we've been celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month at ALRA this February. Queer Cabaret ALRA’s debut Queer Cabaret was...
Read More

ALRA's Action Plan Against Racism: Update

ALRA’s Action Plan Against Racism UPDATE – February 2021 We are now in the position where we can update everyone, including our staff,...
Read More

BBC Radio Drama - Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award 2021

We want to wish ALRA’s 2021 candidates for the Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award at the BBC, Flora Douglas and Nadia Jackson, the very best as...
Read More

Supporting Creative Freelancers during the Pandemic

Freelancers are the backbone of the Arts and Culture industries in the UK. Many ALRA tutors, directors, designers, technicians, stage...
Read More

Molly McGlynn in Netflix's Bridgerton

Bridgerton, Netflix's new much-anticipated period drama, was released on Christmas Day and ALRA alumna Molly McGlynn plays Rose, the Maid...
Read More

ALRA Students and Alumni at Christmas

We've done a round-up of some of our students and alumni who are involved in festive productions this season to help spread some Christmas...
Read More

ALRA's Working Group Chairs

At ALRA, we have set up four advisory working groups to help guide us through our process of making the schools a better place. They are...
Read More

Meet the two new Summers in Hollyoaks and Coronation Street

Rhiannon Clements and Harriet Bibby, both ALRA North 2019 graduates, have both gained TV roles for characters named Summer this November....
Read More

Black History Month Celebrations

We reflect back on the student and staff celebrations and events that have gone on at ALRA this Black History Month. We asked our tutors...
Read More

Introducing our Foundation Acting Course Leaders

Continuing with our series of introductory Q&A sessions with course leaders, we got to know the Course Leaders of the Foundation Acting...
Read More

Introducing our MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts) Course Leaders

We got to know our new MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts) Course Leader Mary Irwin and Assistant Course Leader Gemma...
Read More

Introducing our MA Professional Acting Course Leaders

We say hello to our new Course Leader for the MA Professional Acting degree at ALRA North, Lucy Curtis, and Co-Course Leader at ALRA...
Read More

How Covid-19 impacts ALRA

All measures are taken to keep our students and staff safe at ALRA. For local guidance around Level Status of our surrounding areas and...
Read More

Introducing our new ALRA North BA Acting Course Leader: Yusuf Khamisa

Photo credit (left): Shay McNab. Photo credit (right): Yusuf on Directing Cush Jumbo's 'The Accordion Shop' at the National Theatre Yusuf...
Read More

ALRA's Action Plan Against Racism: Update

ALRA’s Action Plan Against Racism – Update as of 7th July 2020 External Audit Panel Members Confirmed Following the recent reports of...
Read More

ALRA's Action Plan Against Racism

24th June 2020 Joining the Dots - Listening, Learning, Changing Institutional and Individual Training In order to set expectations of...
Read More

Statement from ALRA's Board of Trustees (10th June 2020)

Statement from ALRA's Board of Trustees – 10th June 2020 The Board of Trustees will not tolerate racism in any form. We fully acknowledge...
Read More

Principal's Statement Update

Principal’s Statement Update An action plan has been drawn up with the express aim of removing all systemic racism from the training and...
Read More

ALRA Students Start Twitter Initiative for #BlackLivesMatter

Second year ALRA South students Chanel McKenzie and Autumn Osborn, founders of the @poetryworlduk social media accounts, have started a...
Read More

Interview with Adam Fenton

Adam Fenton graduated from ALRA North in 2019 and has since started out a career in writing. He’s recently written short play Cooped Up...
Read More

Principal’s Statement #BlackLivesMatter

ALRA acknowledges not enough has been done to tackle racism. We can and will do more and better. ALRA acknowledges that where students...
Read More

ALRA Alumni and ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

A few of our alumni have performed in or are working on the hit West End comedy show The Play That Goes Wrong . Among them are Milo Clarke...
Read More

ALRA’s Coronavirus Statement

As the global situation surrounding the Covid-19 virus continues to develop, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure all...
Read More

Interview with Gaby French in Military Wives

ALRA South 2017 graduate Gaby French made her film debut this year as she starred in Military Wives, released in UK cinemas on 6 th March...
Read More

Yasmin Steadman in ITV's Coronation Street

ALRA graduates have a growing reputation for gaining acting roles on the famous cobbles of ITV’s Coronation Street. Other ALRA graduates...
Read More

Audition for ALRA in New York!

We’re holding satellite auditions at the URTAs (University/Resident Theatre Association) at Hilton Midtown in New York City in January...
Read More

MA Directing Students’ Residency in Japan

Kitty, Chris and Siobhan, three of ALRA’s MA Directing students, spent two weeks in Japan for a residency at Kani Public Arts Centre (ALA)...
Read More

Victor Oshin plays regular character Mason on BBC Casualty

ALRA South 2018 graduate Victor Oshin is currently playing regular character Mason Reede, an over-confident yet multi-layered new...
Read More

Rhiannon Clements wins the Spotlight Prize

ALRA North 2019 graduate Rhiannon Clements won the Spotlight Prize, being awarded Best Stage Actor. She was one of 20 students nominated...
Read More

National Student Survey results 2019

Back in February, ALRA’s outgoing third year students completed the National Student Survey and the results are now in. We’re really proud...
Read More

Benjamin McMahon in The Play That Goes Wrong

We caught up with 2017 ALRA South alumnus Benjamin McMahon about auditions and rehearsals for West End show ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’,...
Read More

ALRA receives ‘outstanding’ OFSTED report

We are proud to announce that our Ofsted report has ranked the combined North and South campus schools as ‘outstanding’ in all areas....
Read More

ALRA interview with Andrew Armitage

We caught up with ALRA alumnus Andrew Armitage about his recent appearance on Eastenders and his experience in casting and shooting for...
Read More

ALRA Alumni at VAULT Festival 2019

Now in its seventh year, VAULT Festival is a well-loved arts and entertainment festival at The Vaults in Waterloo, presenting over 400...
Read More

Joint Audition with Italia Conti and Drama Studio London in Newcastle and Doncaster

Three of the UK’s top Drama Schools have joined forces to reach the potential acting talent in Newcastle and Doncaster – offering an...
Read More

Alumni Update: January '19

This winter, our recent graduate and alumni are on tour with different productions and notable theatre companies. Emmanuel Imani stars in...
Read More

Evelyn Roberts and Duncan Interview

Evelyn and Duncan both graduated from ALRA’s MA Post Graduate course at ALRA North and have been cast in the company of the National...
Read More

Alumni Update: September '18

This autumn, our recent graduate and alumni are on tour with different productions and notable theatre companies. Victor Oshin is Othello...
Read More

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 18

There are lots of ALRA Alumni and students at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. Details follow below. If you’re an ALRA graduate...
Read More

Flying Seagulls

MA in professional Acting Graduate of 2017 Lucas Bailey wrote and performed a clowning piece as his Personal Research Project which led...
Read More

It costs £45 to audition at ALRA. Why is the ALRA audition fee value for money?

The ALRA audition process is designed to be cost effective, informative, useful and fair, there are no recalls, we use a full day to see...
Read More

Interview with Raj Bajaj

Raj Bajaj is an ALRA graduate who has enjoyed a widely diverse career having worked on stage, TV, film and musical productions and gained...
Read More

Audition Fees for Drama School Addressing the barriers to conservatoire training in the UK

here ALRA continues to offer fully funded outreach workshops to schools and colleges across the uk and continue to investigate ways to...
Read More

Interview with Dominic Burgess

Since we last caught up with Dominic a couple of years ago, he’s been a busy man. With some recurring roles on ' The Flash ', ' Queen Of...
Read More

Interview with Gaby French on Hangmen

Gaby graduated from ALRA in 2017. Originally from Cardiff in South Wales, she brings a sensitive warmth to each character. Gaby also has a...
Read More

Audition Tips: FAQs

We had a great time putting together our video trailer about a young man and woman preparing themselves for their audition at drama...
Read More

Ola Orebiyi in Feature Film REPROBATE

Ola Orebiyi , who graduated from ALRA South in 2017, worked alongside Jaime Winstone , Michael Maloney and Lily Newmark in the feature...
Read More

Benjamin McMahon and Elena Valentine in The Play That Goes Wrong UK Tour

This hilarious comedy has been a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway and will now be touring the UK in 2018. We are very pleased to...
Read More

Zachary Hart in Nicholas Hytner's Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

Zach graduated ALRA South in 2017 and has joined the company of Julius Caesar at the new Bridge Theatre under the direction of Nicholas...
Read More

Gaby French on Broadway in Hangmen

ALRA South 2017 graduate Gaby French opens in the Broadway transfer of Hangmen in January 2018. She takes over the role originally played...
Read More

ALRA Auditions 2018

At ALRA we recognise that auditioning for drama school can be time-consuming, costly and stressful. ALRA is committed to being as...
Read More

Abbie Andrews interview

ALRA South’s 2014-2017 Three Year Acting BA (HONS) graduate and 2017 BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award winner Abbie Andrews recently spoke...
Read More

Amina Zia Interview

Amina trained at ALRA South and graduated from our MA Postgraduate Acting Course in December 2011. Since graduating, Amina’s TV credits...
Read More

Auditions open on our FastTrack

ALRA is committed to reaching out to all aspiring performers and our application system has been slimmed down to be as simple, accessible...
Read More

Luke Matthews' interview

The production of Our Town at The Royal Exchange Theatre isn't traditionally cast which is really interesting. The original setting was...
Read More

Halema Hussain's interview

ALRA South’s 2014-2017 Three Year Acting BA (HONS) graduate Halema Hussain recently spoke to us about her first professional theatre job...
Read More

ALRA students and alumni perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

If you want to support ALRA students and graduates at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year you definitely won't be short of options....
Read More

Interview with Evangeline Osbon on original play Think

Recent graduate of ALRA's Three Year Acting course Evangeline Osbon is performing her original play Think at Theatre 503 on Monday, 24 th...
Read More

Oliver Towner and Sam Kacher to feature in Accountable at Fright Fest 2017

FrightFest , a major horror fantasy festival, is coming back to the Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Square, London this August. It has...
Read More

The Federation of Drama Schools launch

Following the closure of Drama UK last autumn, the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS) , a new organisation representing drama school...
Read More

Alumni Update: May 2017

This month's alumni update highlights stories from ALRA graduates Sam Donnelly, Rebecca Vaughan, Roslyn Paterson and Ben Bland. Sam...
Read More

Interview with Rosaria Hollywood – ALRA SMTT Graduate 2016

We recently had the chance to catch up with ALRA SMTT graduate Rosaria Hollywood about her latest work since graduating. Here is what she...
Read More

Alumni Update: April 2017

This month's alumni update highlights stories from Nicole Bartlett, Emma Beattie, Evelyn Roberts, Matt Holt, Louis Bernard and Kelly...
Read More

Amy Walsh interview

Our latest alumni interview features ALRA graduate and Emmerdale actress Amy Walsh. We had the opportunity to catch up with Amy about her...
Read More

Eleanor Bennett features in Before the Party, Dysfunctional, Lazy Town: Live and more

Since graduating from ALRA's BA in Acting course in 2014, Eleanor Bennett has gone on to achieve a varied acting career. She has been...
Read More

Gypsy Queen featuring ALRA Grad Ryan Clayton

This new play by Rob Ward , directed by Adam Zane and featuring Rob Ward and ALRA Alumnus Ryan Clayton focuses on a love story between two...
Read More

Alumni Update: March 2017

Our latest alumni update features Miranda Hart , Tanya Franks , Jeremy Ang Jones , Rob Dennett , Jack Ashton , Salim Sai , Molly McGlynn...
Read More

Sarah Parish plays Cath Atwood in Broadchurch

Sarah Parish , one of ALRA's graduates, has joined the cast of ITV's hit crime drama show, Broadchurch , which returned to TV screens on...
Read More

REMAINS in the Reveal Festival at Bolton Octagon

ALRA North 2012 graduates Rick Bithell and Heather Carroll were part of the first intake of PG students on this campus and always had a...
Read More

ALRA interviews Megan McCormick

ALRA’s 2010 Three Year Acting BA (Hons) graduate Megan McCormick recently spoke to us about her experiences. Following on from performing...
Read More

Interview with Emma and Sam Tugman

ALRA through the eyes of two drama students from two different generations of the same family We recently took the opportunity to...
Read More

Brianna Douglas to feature in Transit at Reveal Festival

Recent ALRA graduate Brianna Douglas has been cast as the lead in a new show by Zendeh Productions , Transit . She graduated from ALRA...
Read More

Alumni Update: February 2017

Bridget Christie tours Because You Demanded It Bridget Christie , who graduated from ALRA in 1997, is among those touring the best live...
Read More

Tanya Franks talks to ALRA

Tanya Franks, a successful and talented English actress, as well as one of ALRA's notable graduates, is known for high-profile...
Read More

“Go to a drama school audition knowing that you really want it” ALRA interviews Denise Gough

Denise Gough is one of ALRA's 2002 BA in acting degree graduates and a professional actress of critical acclaim. After winning the Olivier...
Read More

Interview with Grant Reeves

Last year the Kings Theatre Portsmouth and Teatro Nuovo-Verona, Teatro Stabile Veneto joined forces to present Italian and English...
Read More

More Eavesdropping - an Angel Theatre Company production

Following the success of its previous production, Eavesdropping , which played at Barons Court Theatre last summer, Angel Theatre Company...
Read More

Alumni Update: December 2016

Ex-ALRA from the mid-1980s plan festive reunion Members of our alumni have formed a Facebook group for ALRA alumni and staff from the...
Read More

ALRA alumni in new sci-fi feature film Seat 25

Seat 25 is a brand new sci-fi feature film which follows the story of Faye Banks , a disillusioned young woman who secretly enters herself...
Read More

ALRA alumna Shelley O'Brien in She Wins all the Races - a tragicomedy with biscuits

ALRA graduate Shelley O'Brien is currently touring her one woman show, She Wins all the Races - a tragicomedy with biscuits , a brand new...
Read More

Alumni Update: October 2016

Denise Gough to star in Angels in America and new BBC drama Paula Our 2003 ALRA graduate and ' Best Actress' Olivier Award winner, Denise...
Read More

Emmanuel Imani wins Best Actor for Invisible Men at BUFF Awards 2016

ALRA would like to congratulate our 2012 Three Year Acting alumnus, Emmanuel Imani, for winning Best Actor at the British Urban Film...
Read More

ALRA alumni take Tyke the Play to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Black Sheep Productions , a new film and theatre company, have produced a gripping new play called Tyke . This unique production, written...
Read More

Paul Sheridan in Beatrice et Benedict and The Crown

ALRA alumnus Paul Sheridan graduated from our Postgraduate (MA) Acting course in 2011 and has since developed a successful professional...
Read More

Michaela Longden in feature film The Creature Below

After a successful trip to the Cannes Film Festival , the world premiere of feature film The Creature Below will be taking place at...
Read More

ALRA Alumni in Eavesdropping - a production by Angel Theatre Company

Angel Theatre Company 's latest production is the original piece of theatre, Eavesdropping directed by ALRA alumnus John Patterson....
Read More

Interview with Jeremy Ang Jones

Jeremy Ang Jones studied at ALRA on our Three Year Acting BA (Hons) programme and is one of our 2015 graduates. He is currently appearing...
Read More

ALRA Alumni to feature in Arthur Miller's No Villain

“ My first attempt at a play, rather inevitably, had been about industrial action and a father and his two sons, the most autobiographical...
Read More

Emmanuel Imani nominated for Best Actor in BUFF Awards

Last week the British Urban Film Festival Awards announced the nominations for its annual awards which honour the very best on-screen and...
Read More

Interview with Dominic Burgess

Dominic Burgess studied at ALRA winning a Dance and Drama Awards Scholarship on our three-year acting course. He was born and raised in...
Read More

Alumni Update: May 2016

Emily Heyworth and Ciaran Wilson play Princess Diana ALRA graduates Emily Heyworth and Ciaran Wilson have both been cast to play Princess...
Read More

Illuminate Fest 2016

From 2 nd - 28 th May, New Wimbledon Studio welcomes the return of Illuminate Festival , a platform showcasing work from the finest up and...
Read More

Denise Gough and Bronwyn James’ “Hangmen” win at this year’s Olivier Awards

We are super excited about ALRA Alumni Denise Gough and Brownyn James ’ “ Hangmen ” on their recent Olivier Award wins. Denise Gough wins...
Read More

Alumni Update: March 2016

Kate Gwynn & Vicky Sheldon set up their drama educational workshop business Kate Gwynn and Vicky Sheldon , ALRA MA Graduates , have set up...
Read More

Alumni Update: February 2016

Sebastian So in BBC's One Child A major BBC2 3-part drama, One Child , set in China started on Wednesday 17 th February on BBC2. The drama...
Read More

ALRA Grad Denise Gough wins Best Actress prize in Critics’ Circle theatre awards

ALRA graduate ( 2003 ) Denise Gough hasn't had an easy career. She had to support herself financially during her studies at ALRA and after...
Read More

ALRA Grad Emmanuel Imani lands Hollywood role - alongside Kevin Costner

We are so proud that one of Britain’s fast-rising stars is none other than ALRA alumnus Emmanuel Imani who has recently landed a role in a...
Read More

Alumni Update: January 2016

ALRA grads Kelly Selvester (SMTT) and Dan Bottomley in Cinderella ALRA graduate , Kelly Selvester recently wrote to letting us know she...
Read More