The Performing Arts Department will help you develop your creative talents and business skills, so that you can compete in this demanding and exciting field.

We offer courses in

  • acting
  • musical theatre
  • dance
  • drama

Our performing arts courses are based at the Shena Simon Campus and North Manchester Sixth Form. The campuses feature two professional standard theatres for rehearsal and staging public performances, as well as a workshop for creating sets and costumes.

Looking for a university or degree level course in performance or theatre?

You may be interested in courses at our Arden School of Theatre.

Case study

Alex Beaumont studied at the Arden School of Theatre
Former Arden School of Theatre student Alex Beaumont, 25, has hit the big time, landing the lead role in major theatre musical Dreamboats and Miniskirts. Alex’s route to stardom...

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