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The Arden makes The Stage

The Arden School of Theatre and Performing Arts, part of UCEN Manchester, has featured again in top industry publication The Stage.

Students and tutors from The Arden, classed as one of the top drama schools in the UK, have shared their experiences of remote working in an article entitled ‘How drama schools have moved their teaching online during the lockdown’.

Alongside institutions from across the UK, The Arden students and staff explained how they were coping with web-based teaching and learning.

Manchester-based drama student Liv Harford described how the closure of her school in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic came as a shock.

She said: “I know it is in everyone’s best interests, but it was honestly heart-shattering to think my training experience had come to an end so quickly. There was so much more to do and look forward to.” 

She praised her tutors and staff for their ongoing help and support:

Massive kudos to the staff for powering through, keeping us in the loop and making the best of a bad situation.

Rob Owen explained how embracing web technology and using the already established virtual learning environment made the transition easier.

He said: “Initially, we focused on getting most of our practical assessed work for this term finished, some of it streamed live on Facebook from behind closed doors. We have since moved all teaching online and are experimenting with a variety of formats to find the best solutions for our students.”

Find out more about the wide range of courses available at The Arden.

Hear what our students have to say about studying Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre and Theatre and Performance.

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