The majority of teaching is delivered by visiting lecturers. All students on the course engage with industry professionals on a weekly basis.
Permanent members of staff: are Wendy Gadian (Course Leader and Director of Music) and Vesna Stanojevic (Senior Lecturer in Acting).
Regular professionals teaching on the course are: Carol Harvey, Andrei Biziorek (Acting), Lynne Thomas (Dance), Verona Chard, Sarah Leonard (Sung Voice), Zachary Flis (Associate Musical Director supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation) and Annie Morrison (Spoken Voice).
Recent collaborations include: Complicite (producer’s showcase of The Wall), workshops with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Maria Friedman and Sonia Friedman; Derby LIVE (co-producers for the tour of the autumn term public production); Royal College of Music (Opera School) and the London Handel Festival; Royal Northern College of Music (School of Composition); Hampstead Theatre (Daring Pairings New Writing Festival); Richard Stilgoe and the Orpheus Centre (at the Linbury Studio); Moscow Art Theatre School; the MAD Trust (A West End Christmas 2013 and 2014).
Recent Visiting Staff
Directors: Philip Franks, Anna Ledwich, Ed Hughes, Maria Friedman, Robert Shaw Cameron, Martin Parr, Kelly Hunter, Sherrill Gow, Jenny Quayle.
Musical Directors: Philip Bateman, Catherine Jayes, Michael Haslam, Nicholas Le Breuilly, Benjamin Holder.
Dance: Ellen Jakubiel.
Actor Movement: Mark Bell (Clowning, Commedia dell’arte), Erika Cuk (Decrouix).
Spoken Voice: Sarah Holden-Boyd, Jessica Chambers, Jessica Higgs.
Acting for Camera: David Hounslow, Emma Cunniffe.
Radio: Jonathan Tafler, Tamsin Collison.
Professional Preparation: Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Jackson, David Grindrod, Anji Carroll, Laura Stanczyk (New York), Michelle Braidman, Clive Rowe.
Minimum Entry Requirements
2 A Levels at C, 3 GCSEs at C, and selection by audition.
Normal offers may be higher and depend upon expected grades and audition performance. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement, but demonstrate appropriate potential, may be accepted.
This is an intensive professional training course and must be followed in its entirety.
Candidates must be eligible to satisfy the general admissions requirements. Admission will be based on the reasonable expectation that you have the potential to complete and contribute positively to the programme and that you would benefit from honours study. There is no alternative to selection by audition.
Selection for audition will normally depend on you meeting, or being predicted to meet, minimum entry requirements, and on written references and demonstration of the following in the UCAS written statement:
- engagement with theatre and acting at national/local level
- evidence of a real commitment to acting and a long-standing interest in acting and theatre
- knowledge of a range of theatrical forms and genres
- experience gained in post-education contexts, such as the workplace, travel and voluntary settings.
In the absence of formal qualifications, an indication of academic potential will be sought in your UCAS statement.
Each year Central hosts a number of auditions outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international auditions are designed to replicate the London-based audition experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming audition locations and dates.
Visit the International Students section to view details of English language requirements for Central's courses.
Jack Loxton (2013) played the lead roles in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse.
Audrey Brisson (2009) starred in The Elephantom at the National Theatre during 2013-2014.
Recent Graduate Employment
Theatre: Royal Shakespeare Company 2015 Season; War Horse, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Chariots Of Fire, Home. Othello, The Elephantom, National Theatre; Wolf Hall and 2014 Season, Royal Shakespeare Company; Viva Forever!, Piccadilly Theatre; The Judas Kiss, Duke of York’s Theatre; Great Expectations, Vaudeville Theatre; Goodnight Mister Tom, Phoenix; The Recruiting Officer, The Physicists, Donmar Warehouse; The Wild Bride, Midnight’s Pumpkin, Beggar’s Opera, Kneehigh; A New World, Shakespeare’s Globe; Equus, To Kill A Mocking Bird, UK tours; The Little Prince, Lyric Belfast; Hurts Given And Received, The Wrestling School, Riverside Studios; The Railway Children, Waterloo Station; The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, Kensington Gardens.
Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar, Arena tour; Hairspray, UK tour; The History Boys, The Mercury Theatre, Colchester; Jack And The Beanstalk, Liverpool Playhouse; Barnum, Cameron Mackintosh, Chichester Festival Theatre.
Christmas shows 2014: leading roles at Lyric Hammersmith, Everyman Theatre Liverpool, Corn Exchange Newbury, Theatre in The Quarter Chester, Park Theatre.
Television: Game Of Thrones, The Red Tent, HBO; Killjoys, Canadian TV; Banana, E4; Call The Midwife, Great Expectations, Money, Murdered By My Boyfriend, BBC; 600 Days, Mr Selfridge, EastEnders, regular character/leading role; The Syndicate, Black Mirror, Holby City, Doctors, guest characters; Horrible Histories, CBBC; Whitechapel, ITV; Shameless, Channel 4; Misfits, The Inbetweeners, E4.
Film: Pride, Tulip Fever, Mr Turner, Les Misérables, W.E., Hereafter, X-Men: First Class, Age Of Heroes.
Musicals (London): City Of Angels, Donmar Warehouse; Mamma Mia, Stephen Ward, Sweeney Todd, Aldwych; Merrily We Roll Along, Harold Pinter Theatre; Jersey Boys, Piccadilly Theatre; Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre; Oliver!, Drury Lane; Soho Cinders, Soho Theatre.
Musicals (UK tours): The Two Worlds of Charlie F, Dead Dog In A Suitcase (And Other Love Songs), Kneehigh; Sister Act, Avenue Q, Les Misérables 25th Anniversary European Tour, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dreamboats And Petticoats, Spring Awakening, English Theatre Frankfurt; Brassed Off, The Touring Consortium Company.
Radio: Single But Living Together, Great Expectations, BBC Radio 4.
View profiles of the academic staff who teach on this course. Click on each staff member to see their CV.
View profiles of the Class of 2016 for this course. Click on each student to see to their CV.
Graduated 2011, recently appeared in City Of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse and in the BBC3 comedy Crims.