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ALRA is a UK leading drama school committed to providing high quality training in acting and directing at our campuses in London and Wigan.

ALRA training is rooted in a desire to help each student find their individual approach to their chosen craft. Students study all of the elements required to work as a professional in the ever-evolving performance industry.

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

Applications are welcomed from November of each year for all courses.

We know there are some concerns about what studying at ALRA will be like post-Covid. 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 acting courses in London and Wigan are identical; it is just their location and cost that vary.

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Foundation Acting Diploma

A year-long course, designed to give students access to a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences of acting, for both stage and screen.

BA (Hons) Acting

The BA (Hons) Acting programme of study is suitable for those determined to become professional actors working in today’s Theatre, Screen and Audio industries.

MA Professional Acting

A full-time, 15-month training that includes a public theatre production, filming with a professional crew, and showcasing events.

MA Directing

An innovative programme including an international residency and industry mentorships, designed to create driven, diverse artists who will change the demographic of directors in this country and beyond.

MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts)

A groundbreaking new course for actors, theatre-makers, voice teachers and others who are interested in deeper study of Kristin Linklater’s voice work.

Leicester College

Leicester College 2 Year Acting Degree (Creative Performance Practice)  

OKCU (Oklahoma City University)

OKCU (Oklahoma City University) MFA in Screen Acting  

Trinity College London


York College

The BA Acting for Stage & Screen* is an intensive training programme created and run in close partnership with Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA). Students will take specialist classes exploring a wide range of acting skills, voice movement, and dramatic combat with ALRA staff alongside the in-house tutors. The course also includes a […]

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement

Short Courses and Workshops

Academy of Live and Recorded Arts