Welcome to Bristol School of Acting, the UK’s newest drama school founded on the expertise of some of the country's most experienced acting teachers. Our mission is to re-imagine actor training for the 21st century: to challenge the status quo, and to train young actors who are open and skilled; who bring their voice and identity to the work and who are consummately prepared for a sustainable career in today’s industry. We offer actor training of the highest quality. As teachers and mentors, we believe it’s our responsibility to inspire a culture of genuine inclusivity and respect. In this way, instead of an inflexible pedagogy, actor training becomes a dialogue that balances and combines strong traditions with new perspectives.
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Plymouth Marjon University that has allowed us to develop a new 3 year BA Acting for Stage and Screen, designed to be an 'acting company in training' created by the artistic directorship of Nancy Medina and Stuart Wood and is the only acting course to be based in a working professional theatre; Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol. The partnership has also brought about a unique 2 year accelerated Theatre-Making BA, in partnership with the award-winning The Wardrobe Ensemble that will cement Bristol’s place as the UK capital of innovative theatre.
Our 3 year BA Acting for Screen course addresses the need to deliver professional practical and industry-relevant training that simply hasn’t existed at this level to date. It has been devised by our patron Charlie Cox and Matthew Humphreys. Matthew helped found and then ran the first acting for screen degree programme in the US at PACE University, New York and we are thrilled that he has joined Bristol School of Acting to run our course here. Together with a new Acting for Contemporary Theatre BA in partnership with Rapscallion Cage in Nottingham, they all form a portfolio of courses designed to take a radical look at how acting can respond to the challenges of the 21st century, whilst being rooted in the excellence of knowledge and craft.
2022-2023 marks a milestone as we present the first season of productions, featuring our graduating Stage and Screen students. We also wish our founding director Nancy Medina huge success in her new post as the Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Her ongoing commitment to BSA will strengthen the relationship between the two organisations and put BSA at the heart of Bristol’s theatre scene. Part of Nancy’s important legacy is reflected in our commitment to encouraging and creating diversity in professional actor training, from the perspectives we bring and the material we choose to work on, to the culture we create and the inclusivity students feel. In this spirit and to make auditioning for us completely accessible, all our auditions are FREE.
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Four years ago, when the BSA launched its Professional Acting Diploma course, I was impressed by its drama school ethos and professionalism. It offers an opportunity to young people who are serious about getting a head start learning their craft and finding out what actor training is all about. It’s no surprise that I have been struck by the level of talent and commitment of the students.
So, I was thrilled to be able to contribute to the development of the BA Acting for Screen. Opportunities for screen work are increasing but so too are the pressures to meet timescales and budgets. Producers and directors are looking for young actors who are at home in front of the camera and can quickly adapt to the process of shooting as well as the ever-changing technological developments. There is a real need for training to bring on actors that have those skills and I’m sure this course is very quickly going to be highly regarded in the industry.
The BA Acting for Stage and Screen, with its focus on the actor as a creative artist and collaborator in the creative process is equally aiming to re-think how actor training should be, and along with the new Theatre-Making and Acting for Contemporary Theatre degrees, this suite of courses point the way to the way we should be training actors for the industry as it is today.
With its expert teaching staff and huge range of industry connections, the Bristol School of Acting represents actor training of the highest quality and I’m delighted to be its patron.