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Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music and Technical Theatre)
Performer or Producer, Dancer or Technician? You'll train in a working theatre

Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music and Technical Theatre)

In the spotlight: performing or producing, start your career here

If you are interested in training as an actor, dancer, theatre technician, stage manager or producer, we can offer you a choice of study options and unique links to a working theatre. Our School for the Performing Arts & Technical Theatre is based in the 360-seat Broadway Theatre in Barking.

You'll get the chance to work on productions and it's the perfect place to learn your craft.

You'll benefit from excellent rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, music technology room equipped to professional standards and, of course, we have use of a 360 seat theatre with the latest sound and lighting equipment. 

Train for a career as a Theatre Technician, Stage Manager or Producer

You may have heard the term Technical Theatre, but what does it mean?

It is all the essential elements, apart from the actors, that are needed to make sure any production runs smoothly. There are many professional career paths you can follow if you want to be involved in the performing arts, but are not interested in acting. You can train with us for these careers:

  • Stage Management
  • Stage Technicians -  Lighting & Sound
  • Set Construction & Design
  • Costume & Prop Design

As a theatre production student you will also train on the industry-standard digital production equipment and software that you would expect to find in a professional theatre.

A career in the music business

Our music courses will develop your technical skills so you can create and compose your own work using both live performance and digital mixing.

You’ll study in our music studio complete with recording booth, mixing desk and performance space. Logic Pro X is the software used by professional producers and that’s what you’ll be using too.

Follow in famous footsteps 

You will follow in the footsteps of former students including:  

Idris Elba

Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and

Shaun Escoffery

Watch the final performance of the Barking & Dagenham Performing Arts Summer school held at the Broadway Theatre, Barking below:


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Getting into drama school

Many of our graduates have gone on to study at prestigious schools including: LAMDA, Mountview, Guildhall, Rose Bruford, East 15, Central School of Speech and Drama, Manchester Met, Falmouth University of Arts and many more.

Members of the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural 

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These courses come under our status as An Associate College of the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural. This allows students to take part in projects and gain advice from industry figures within the theatre, live music and events industry.

Current partners include Live Nation, Festival Republic, the Backstage Centre and the International Production Youth Network.

It means that our students are able to access the best guidance into jobs in the creative industries through

Download our Performing Arts HNC course information flyer now

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