Joint Artistic Director


Joint Artistic Director

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Director of Acting Programmes

Welcome to Bristol School of Acting, the UK’s newest drama school founded on the expertise of some of the UK'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, taught by leading practitioners. 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.

Our two-year accelerated BA Acting for Stage and Screen is designed to be an 'acting company in training' steered by the artistic directorship of Nancy Medina and Stuart Wood and is the first in the UK to be based in a working theatre; Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol. We also have a partnership with the Shchukin Theatre School in Moscow where students spend 4 weeks in their first year. 

We are excited to announce that our new BA Technical Theatre Arts is now recruiting for September 2022 and will also be based at Tobacco Factory Theatres.

Our three-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. He has joined Bristol School of Acting to run our course here. 

The roots of these new degree courses lie in our 16-18 diploma course. The first step on the road of professional actor training, it is a course with the rigour and challenge of a drama school, offering high quality training to the broadest spectrum of young people.

It's important to say that we are committed 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.

We look forward to receiving your application.


Four years ago, when the Professional Acting Diploma course 16-18 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 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 new 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 can be most relevant to 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.