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Drama Schools in London and Greater Manchester

ALRA is a drama school with a proven commitment to providing the highest quality Acting and Directing training. Based in both London and Wigan, Greater Manchester, with Silver status in the Teaching Excellent Framework and an international reputation for providing comprehensive, rigorous training, ALRA is one of the top destinations for students wishing to follow a career as an actor or director.

Our drama training covers acting for camera from the very first week. Students also study movement, voice, a wide range of acting techniques, text, stage combat, TV presenting, radio, dance, singing - in short, all of the elements required to work as a professional actor.

Our drama training includes BA (Hons) courses in Acting, Foundation courses in Acting, Postgraduate and MA Acting and Directing courses.

Courses at ALRA

ALRA provides the highest quality acting training for students covering TV and film, stage and radio.

  • 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. Combining practical actor training with theoretical study and research methodologies, this vocational course aims to equip you to operate effectively in a highly competitive artistic industry.


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  • Foundation Acting Diploma

    ALRA's Foundation Diploma in Acting gives students a real insight into conservatoire actor training and preparation for working in the industry. It is beneficial for those wishing to pursue professional training at a higher level.

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  • MA Professional Acting

    The ALRA MA Professional Acting Course (15 months) is a full time actor training programme that has three taught terms followed by two performance terms; including two theatre productions (one in collaboration with a professional Theatre Company), recording a film and showcases in both London and Manchester.

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  • MA Directing

    The ALRA MA Directing course is an innovative new programme which includes an international residency and individual industry mentors. Set within a cutting-edge location at ALRA North, a hive of creative activity and cultural development in the North West. ALRA North is an established and important centre of learning in the Greater Manchester theatre community.

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  • 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.

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  • MFA Linklater Teaching Practice  (Voice and Theatre Arts)*

    ALRA collaborated with Kristin Linklater to create a unique Master of Fine Arts degree, subject to validation by St Marys University, Twickenham.

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  • Short Courses and Workshops

    ALRA offers a selection of short courses and workshops throughout the year in a range of subjects such as voice, movement and Shakespeare. They are run by approved partners and ALRA tutors and range in length from hours to weeks.

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  • The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement

    Having been through a period of intense curriculum development re-considering the way in which we train our actors, ALRA has created a network to support the training industry by hosting and curating networking events focusing on actor movement and actor voice.

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Why Study at ALRA?

How to Apply

ALRA’s online application process for full-time courses has been streamlined into a process of just a few minutes.

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3) Pay and submit

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