WELCOME... Bristol School of Acting.


As one of the UK's newest drama schools, our mission is to re-imagine actor training for the 21st century; to challenge the status quo and train open-minded, skilled young actors to apply their voice and identity to a sustainable career in today’s industry.

On our two-year accelerated BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen degree, you'll develop as part of an 'acting company in training' under by the artistic directorship of Nancy Medina and Stuart Wood, the first of its kind to be based in a UK working theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres. During your time with us, you will make at least five live performances, a film and perform in an agents' showcase in London.

Our three-year BA (Hons) Acting for Screen degree addresses the need to deliver professional, practical and industry-relevant training that simply hasn’t existed at this level to date and has been devised by our patron, actor Charlie Cox, and Matthew Humphreys, who founded the first acting for screen degree in the US at PACE University, New York.

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

We are committed to encouraging and creating diversity in professional actor training, from the perspectives we bring to the culture we create and the material we work on. In this spirit, and to make auditioning for us as accessible as possible, all of our auditions are FREE.

We look forward to receiving your application soon.


Joint Artistic Director


Joint Artistic Director

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Director of Acting Programmes


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 (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 new BA (Hons) 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.