Archive for October, 2017

ArtsEd Sixth Form Students Perform With Broadway Star

Posted on: October 27th, 2017 by artsAdmin

American actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth is known for her outstanding performances across both stage and screen. Winning a Tony Award for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Kristin went on to originate the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, securing her status as one of musical theatre’s finest.

An Intimate Evening With Kristin Chenoweth at the London Palladium on Friday 20th October further cemented her reputation among the star-studded London audience. ArtsEd’s Sixth Form students had the honour of joining Kristin on stage, with theatre greats including Elaine Paige, Leslie Bricusse, Michael Mayer and Andrew Lippa watching on.

The students rehearsed for the performance under the guidance of teachers Rob Bannon and Joe Wilson.

Mr Bannon was delighted to see the students shine on stage: “What a special evening this was! The students had the experience of a lifetime working under Musical Director, extraordinaire, Michael Orland as well as performing with Kristin on stage at the Palladium. Kristin had the extraordinary ability to treat the students like her peers rather than her backing ensemble and the students really stepped up to the plate! Professional, talented and passionate are three words that come to mind when describing how our students approached the rehearsals and performance. It is an experience that neither I nor the students will forget in a long time. I am incredibly proud of them.”



Applications are open to join ArtsEd Sixth Form in 2018 – click here to find out more.

Omar Ahmed awarded a Laurence Olivier Bursary

Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by artsAdmin

ArtsEd is delighted to announce that third year Acting student Omar Ahmed (pictured, third from left) has been awarded a Laurence Oliver Bursary. Drama students from across the UK were awarded £77,500 worth of bursaries by the Society of London Theatre to help them complete their training. Drama school principals across the region can nominate two students, who then audition in front of a panel at a West End theatre and are interviewed by a panel of theatre industry professionals led by West End producer and Chair of the Laurence Olivier Bursaries Committee, Lee Menzies. This year’s auditions took place at St Martin’s Theatre.

Previous bursary winners include Ewan McGregor, Michaela Coel, Paterson Joseph and Denise Gough.

Director of the School of Acting, Gareth Farr says: 'We are extremely proud and thrilled that Omar has received this award. He is a very worthy recipient who has shown dedication and determination from his very first day at ArstEd. It is fantastic to see his talent and hard work recognised by an esteemed panel of industry professionals.'

Omar's first role this term is Sam in The Suicide, written by Suhayla El-Bushra and directed by Alex Thorpe.

The Suicide opens in the Studio Theatre on 28 November – book tickets here.

ArtsEd Launches Regional Auditions for Acting Degree

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by artsAdmin

ArtsEd is constantly seeking the UK’s most exciting new acting talent. To this end, in early 2018 we will hold auditions for our BA Acting course outside of London for the first time, in Manchester and Swansea. The audition process will include an illuminating insight into our BA Acting course and daily life at ArtsEd from key ArtsEd tutors and alumni.

Gareth Farr, Director of the School of Acting sees the regional auditions as an essential step in the continuing development of ArtEd’s outstanding training offer:

“We know that there are fantastic young actors right across the country. However, students with exceptional potential can’t always make it to a London audition, so we want to bring the audition to you. If you want to train at drama school then we want to see YOU at one of our auditions.”

Each audition session will start with a warm-up workshop led by an ArtsEd Acting Tutor, candidates will then be required to perform two monologues. Successful applicants will be invited to a recall audition in London. Here you will learn more about ArtsEd’s distinctive training, split 50/50 between stage and screen techniques, view our excellent facilities and experience the uniquely vibrant atmosphere of our Chiswick home.

Audition Dates:

Swansea – Saturday 20th January 2018
Manchester – Saturday 3rd February 2018
London – dates available November – June

How You Can Join Us In 2018

You can make your application online via the ArtsEd website. During this process you will be able to select your preferred audition location.
Click here to find out more about the audition process and start your application today!


BA (Hons) Acting – 3 Year Full-Time Training

We are passionate about training confident, committed and creative actors. Our three-year Acting degree has a unique 50:50 balance between training for screen and stage which ensures graduates work comfortably across all areas of today’s industry. Led by tutors who understand the demands of different disciplines, the School of Acting training is intensive and highly relevant.

Our fantastic facilities include:

Purpose-built rehearsal studios
TV and radio recording suites
Two professionally equipped and purpose-built performance spaces, The Studio Theatre and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre

Recent graduates have secured fantastic work including: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Twentieth Century Fox), EastEnders (BBC) and Imperium Part I: Conspirator (Royal Shakespeare Company).