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.


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Reasons to choose us

  • Spotlight Approved Graduate Member

    Spotlight is the industry’s casting network and all professional castings go through their network.

  • Industry Partners

    Contact Theatre delivers a series of masterclass sessions to students, exploring artistic direction, programming, marketing, and production.

  • National Student Showcase

    Student showcases take place annually in London and Manchester.*

  • Industry Experienced Tutors

    Many of our teaching staff have extensive experience in tv, film and stage performances.

Case Studies

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UCEN Manchester News

New platform to catapult Arden graduates’ careers

caTaPult is an annual platform event for new, tour-ready shows from graduated students.

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