The Arden
School of Theatre
and Performing Arts

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Our performing arts hub is home to our very own Drama school - The Arden School of Theatre, providing high-quality vocational training to aspiring actors, dancers and performers. We take a hands-on approach and we’re dedicated to developing your skills to give you the edge you need to progress in your chosen career within the arts.  
We develop students to have the tenacity to face the performing arts industry and carve their own unique path. Whether you’d like to be the performer or you’d prefer to work behind-the-scenes, we have a range of high-quality courses dedicated to getting you there.

The Arden School of Theatre are a Spotlight approved programme provider. Spotlight is the industry’s casting network and all professional castings go through their network. 

Being a graduate member school means The Arden School of Theatre meet Spotlights expectations of conservatoire training as well as providing our students with other opportunities including graduate discounts, their performances listed on Spotlights calendar of events, access to free workshops, and eligibility for Spotlights' Industry Showcase.


The Arden Subject Guide  

Performing Arts Subject Guide

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Lauren Greer - BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance

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