WHO ARE WE?
We are a group of some of the country's most experienced teachers of acting and leading theatre practitioners who have come together to create a new drama school. Our mission is to re-imagine actor training; building on the best of existing traditions but inspiring actors as artists for the 21st century.
WHY APPLY TO US?
If you secure a place to train with us on either of our degrees, you will
be taught by staff, all of whom have taught extensively in conservatoire drama schools across the UK and who are passionate about your success
work on high quality theatre productions / films with professional directors
have a London agent’s showcase and a network of contacts to get a head start in the industry
be immersed in personalised training for 30 hours a week
work in small groups of no more than 15 students
A message from
Three years ago, when the Professional Acting Diploma course was launched, 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 engagement of the students.
So, I was thrilled to be able to contribute to the development of the BA (Hons) 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 Bristol School of Acting represents training of the highest quality and I’m delighted to be its patron.
to the Bristol School of Acting.
We at boomsatsuma have created a new school as a home for our acting courses and to add to the reputation of Bristol as a vibrant and eclectic cultural centre. It will enable us to develop new, industry led programmes that offer the highest quality in actor training and we’re delighted to announce that the first of these, our new BA (Hons) Acting for Screen is auditioning now for 2021. This conservatoire-style programme has been developed with Acting for Film and TV BFA at Pace University, New York and with our patron, actor Charlie Cox. It is run in partnership with Bath Spa University and the prestigious Bottle Yard Film and TV Studios and is dedicated entirely to cutting edge training in the discipline of screen acting.
Our Integrated Foundation Year in Acting is again a product of our partnership with Bath Spa University and offers a stimulating and rigorous introduction to actor training at degree level.
The roots of these degrees lie in our Professional Acting Extended Diploma. Three years ago, we had a vision for a course that was the first step on the road of professional actor training. It would be a course with all the rigour and challenge of a conservatoire drama school but available to 16 year olds. Moreover, it would offer the highest quality of training to the broadest spectrum of young people.
Thanks to the dedication and skill of our extraordinary staff, this vision has been realised. The diploma has set a new bar nationally for post 16 training, we have opened a course in Oxford and the Bristol course is now many times oversubscribed. In this year, students leaving our courses have gained places on accredited UK drama school and musical theatre courses including Trinity Laban, Manchester School of Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, ALRA, Italia Conti, Drama Studio London, Arts Ed, Mountview, Fourth Monkey, Rose Bruford and LAMDA.
It is important to say that boomsatsuma is committed to encouraging and creating diversity in professional actor training. We see diversity not as desirable but essential in the students we invite to join the course, the staff who teach, the perspectives we bring and the material we choose to work on. In this spirit and to make auditioning for us accessible, all our auditions are FREE.
We look forward to receiving your application.
STUART WOOD AND NANCY MEDINA. Joint Artistic Directors
Fuelling the next
WHERE WE ARE.
All Bristol School of Acting courses are based at our building on Silver Street and in the Creative Youth Network building next door. Here the facilities include a 400 seat studio theatre, 4 rehearsal studios, a movement studio with spring floor and an IT suite. Silver Street is in the centre of Bristol, adjacent to Broadmead, and a 5 minute walk from the central bus station. The BA (Hons) Acting for Screen also uses facilities at The Bottle Yard Studios in South Bristol.