ASA Theatre Arts provide revolutionary training in Musical Theatre, balancing rigorous technique principles across acting, singing and dance, while promoting creativity and artistic identity for performers at the start of their professional training.


​Our vocational training will launch students towards a successful career in Musical Theatre and the Performing Arts, whether that be as a West End performer, entertainer or teacher. We are proud to offer leading UCAS recognised qualifications alongside specialised, technical training.


The ASA Theatre Arts College runs over 4 intense days per week, and you will be taught by industry professionals every single day.


Our career-focused approach means you will gain a BTEC Level 3 in Musical Theatre (UCAS POINTS EQUIVALENT TO 3 A-LEVELS), whilst taking intensive classes across all disciplines, practising for auditions, and preparing both mentally and physically for one of the most challenging, yet rewarding of careers.


Our program of excellence boasts a high number of contact hours per week, taught solely by industry performers from West End, Theatre, TV, Film and Cabaret, with credits including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Heathers, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, Shrek, Matilda, The Bodyguard, Mamma Mia, Grease, We Will Rock You and Thriller, to name but a few.


Classes are individually tailored to the strengths of each student, giving a personalised training program of modules. Due to the nature of smaller year groups, every student is nurtured, supported, challenged and important. 

Students perform extensively over the two years, working in a professional rehearsal environment, with a wide variety of directors and choreographers. Performances may include a play, musical revue concert, community theatre project, monologue, or solo song and dance, with each year culminating in a public, full-scale 'book' musical production. A standard of excellence, positive working environment and supportive peer group is promoted both in the classroom and performance setting.

The support, encouragement and positivity at ASA has been second to none. Due to this training, I have been able to succeed in my auditions, and have successfully gained a place at The Urdang Academy. Without the continuous support, and knowledge of the industry, this wouldn't have been possible. The shows and workshops with leading actors in the West End are so enjoyable, and create such a positive atmosphere. Alana will always be such an inspiring part of my career, and her support will always be there.

Emma Farman - Student





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JENNY CAMERON - BA(HONS), PGCE, SLE (Specialist Leader in Education) in Drama, and a TES Shortlisted Drama Teacher of the Year.

ASA Theatre Arts are proud to be partnered with Stagedoor Learning, a groundbreaking provider of Performing Arts training in Cheltenham. Director Jenny Cameron has been teaching for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA (Hons) in English & Theatre Studies, and completed her PGCE at the same university in 1997. Jenny was recently featured in The Stage, read the article HERE.


Highlights of Jenny’s teaching career so far include directing 120 Warwickshire students in a production at the Millennium Dome and working with the Almeida Theatre in London – undertaking projects which allowed students to write a script under the mentorship of award winning playwright David Eldridge and to learn from actors such as Jonny Lee Miller and Eddie Redmayne.  Jenny has always been committed to providing the best possible opportunities for her students, working closely with the professional theatres, and building partnerships, through them, with other organisations. This has allowed students to appear in professional productions, including Anita & Me, A Tale of Two Cities, An Inspector Calls and A View From The Bridge, as well as to undertake extensive work experience in the theatre. Jenny was appointed Specialist Leader in Education for Drama in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement Drama Teacher of the Year Award.


Students choosing to study full time Performing Arts in ASA Theatre Arts’ 6th Form programme will not only work towards a Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts, which is equivalent to 3 full A levels, and is accepted, and respected, by universities and drama schools across the UK as entry to higher education, but will have unprecedented access to the world of the Performing Arts industry.


Data at the end of last academic year:

Attendance - 97%

Students at or above target grade - 100%

Retention rate - 100%

Average expected grade - D*D*D. (Distinction Star, Distinction Star, Distinction)

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To apply for September 2020 entry, please complete the audition application form below, or download one of the files to the right and email to

Audition Fee: FREE!


*Please send a 1 minute dance solo, and a Musical Theatre song. An additional 1 minute monologue is optional if you would like to send one to support your application, but is not required. The panel will review your footage and reply with the result within 5 days. Fully funded places are available.


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