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about act


ACT is the only Drama School on the South Coast offering a professional actor training. ACT consistently achieves a Graduate employment rate of 65%.

We run on a non profit making basis so we can offer quality actor training at affordable rates. Our ethos is to provide access to professional Drama Training and acting classes for talented individuals who have been unable to follow traditional routes into the acting profession through lack of academic qualifications, financial restrictions or family responsibilities.

Courses run during the evenings and weekends so that students can earn a living or maintain family commitments. Students must be 18+ to apply to the Diploma in Acting and 16+ for the Foundation in Acting and all other adult courses. There is no upper age limit.

AKT - Act Kids Theatre runs on Saturdays during term time and is open to students 6 to 18 years old.

Diploma Graduates can join Spotlight and are eligible for Equity Student Membership. Foundation and Diploma students can apply for funding via a Career Development Loan.

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We are very pleased to be launching our Graduate Digital Showcase 2020

Actor training, courses, Kids Theatre, studio hire & more


Actor Training - Our ATCL Two Year Diploma in Acting offers students the opportunity to train as professional actors and a launch into industry via our London and Brighton showcases. See ATCL Diploma.

Acting Classes & Courses - ACT offers a range of short and long courses for all ages from beginner to advanced. From our one year Foundation in Acting to our one night a week Creative Playground. See Courses.

An Introduction to Playwriting
The course offers an introduction to some of the skills and techniques needed to write for theatre, as well as insights into the new writing industry in the UK and the process of moving a play from the page to the stage. See Playwriting.

AKT Act Kids Theatre - Classes in Drama and Acting for children and young people aged 8 to 17. All classes taught by our enthusiastic and industry experienced tutors who are all CRB checked. Classes take place in our professionally equipped studio spaces. See AKT

Studio Hire - A friendly and well equipped rehearsal space for hire in central Brighton (Kemptown) and Hove (Church Road). Our spaces are suitable for a range of Dance and Drama activities as well as for meetings, teaching and training, Yoga, martial arts and youth groups. We can also offer desk or office space for artists or art based companies. See Hire

The Lantern Theatre @ ACT Brighton - Our versatile and flexible performance space in the heart of Brighton. The theatre is available for hire throughout the year. Join us for a drink in the Finlay Bar. See Lantern Theatre

Audition Coaching - One to one coaching with one of our highly experienced acting tutors can be arranged via the school. We offer sessions in: Acting, Voice, Movement and Presentation Skills. See Acting Coaching

ACT Updates


We are now back and working in our spaces with the majority of class taking place in person. We are keeping some elements of the courses online in order to remain Covid safe.

We are working with reduced cohort numbers, social distancing and using face masks in our public areas and some classes to help maintain a safe working environment.

We are now open for new applications:

One Year Foundation in Acting starts 18th of October - Audition Now.

Two Year Diploma in Acting starts January 2021 - Audition Now.

Two Week Workshop - Running Again - Update and New Dates For 2020 and 2021 - ACT Two Week Workshop.

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Apply Now

We are accepting applications via Zoom Auditions for Foundation and Diploma Courses - Apply Here

Please read our - Covid-19 Update.

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See what some of our graduates have to say about ACT on mandy.com on our Testimonial page.

Quick Questions:

Q: If I train with you can I join Spotlight?
A: Yes - Diploma Graduates can join Spotlight.

Q: If I train with you can I join Equity?
A: Yes - Diploma students are eligible for Student Membership.

Q: If I train with you can I get a Student card?
A: Yes - Diploma & Foundation students are eligible to join the National Union of Students.

Q: If I train with you will I get a launch into industry?
A: Yes - Diploma Students have a London and Brighton showcase. They also take a professional studies module in term 6 which includes CV's, Biographies and a Headshot.

Q: If I train with you will I get a qualification?
A: Yes - Diploma Students take the Trinity Guildhall ATCL exam. This is a Level 4 qualification and we have a 100% pass rate.

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