Most commonly we would advise to train at an accredited theatre college – these establishments accept students through an audition process and offer a limited number of funded Dance & Drama Awards (DaDA) and paid places every year. Our teachers will happily advise which colleges are most suited to those looking to audition and will help choose songs and dances which will promote their highest abilities.
DaDA funding is a scholarship scheme run by the Education Funding Agency which offers those with exceptional talent or potential full or part funding for their theatre training. Those offered places without funding will be expected to pay fees usually a lot higher than normal university fees, however some are lucky enough to find funding elsewhere. Click here to find out more about funding theatre studies on the DaDA website.
Accredited colleges usually provide the countries best staff and guest teachers, with a high percentage of students gaining professional employment immediately upon graduation. The countries top agents are invited to their end of year showcases and exclusive contracts for large professional productions and pantomimes are often offered directly to colleges as many of their staff are still working actively in the industry or have built reputable relationships with those who are.
A large number of universities now offer performance or technical courses at college or degree level. Many universities have touring companies and have a fantastic pool of experienced industry staff on site or as guests to train. Local to Littlehampton, courses are offered at Southern Theatre Arts Centre (Northbrook College) and Chichester University. These courses are funded through students loans and accept students through auditions and/or UCAS application.
For most roles, a casting director will hold auditions in order to see a wide range of performers who are suitable for their production.
Open auditions often advertised publicly and are open to everyone who wishes to attend, they often mean a lot of waiting around in queues to be seen but are a good way to show off your talent. You can find some audition postings on The Stage
Closed auditions are not made public and are by invitation only. Invitations will usually be sent out to those who are already known to the casting director or those who’s agents have a good reputation in the industry.
BEN HUR (EUROPE ARENA TOUR)
BILLY ELLIOT (WEST END)
BOURNE LEISURE UK
CABARET (WEST END & UK TOUR)
FRED OLSEN CRUISES
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (WEST END)
LONDON ROAD (LONDON & FILM)
NATIONAL YOUTH BALLET
PAUL HOLMAN ASSOCIATES
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
STARLIGHT EXPRESS (UK & GERMANY)
THE GLENN MILLER STORY (WEST END & TOUR)
THE PET SHOP BOYS (SADLERS WELLS)
THE ROYAL BALLET
THE TWELVE IRISH TENORS (BRANSON, USA)
WIND IN THE WILLOWS (WEST END)
LAINE THEATRE ARTS
ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL
SOUTHERN THEATRE ARTS CENTRE
THE BRIGHTON ACADEMY
TIFFANY THEATRE COLLEGE