Welfare and the School Environment
When choosing a drama school, it’s important to think carefully about the size of school you’d like to go to. ALRA is one of the smaller schools in the CDS (the Conference of Drama Schools), with a student body of around 140 across both campuses. This means everybody gets to know everybody else, and the staff and students have a strong working relationship. There is an open door policy in the ALRA offices - students pop in all the time with queries and concerns, or just to have a bit of a catch-up.
All CDS Drama School are intent in making you a professional practitioner whether you are an actor or technician. Where we differ is in the delivery of our programmes. So what type of actor of technician do you want to be? ALRA is the only school to offer a combined theatre and television training throughout the programme – starting in week one. Technicians have the opportunity to work in both live theatre and the recording studios. All our tutors staff have connections and experience with the theatre and TV industries; Directors of final productions are all professional directors with a current CV; contact time is at least 35 hours a week; our ideal group size is 14 and best of all, your work will be seen in two major theatre centres – London and the Northwest.
Going to Drama School or University is as much about the social life as about the training and education, so it is important to consider where you are going to live for the next two or three years of your life; many students stay in the area when they graduate. You might want the big city and bright lights; you might want a quieter life – it’s a personal choice and only you know which is best for you. With ALRA South and ALRA North – you can choose city life or town life within reach of the countryside. However – both have easy access to theatre centres of excellence.