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.

All Courses

Whether your passion lies in performing or working behind-the-scenes, we have the range of courses to help you succeed in the performing arts industry.

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Industry-standard facilities that have been developed specifically for your course.


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Reasons to choose us

The Arden School of Theatre 
and Performing Arts

We are The Arden, a drama school in Manchester training the performers of the future. We're part of UCEN Manchester, which is a network of creatives, all embarking on their own personal journey to becoming professionals.

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