The Dorset School of Acting

Be Brave, Be Bright, Be Brilliant

The Dorset School of Acting is an internationally and nationally recognised Drama and Acting School based in the Bournemouth and Poole area of the South coast. Established in 2007 the school attracts talented and ambitious students and teachers alike.

The DSA offers full time vocational courses preparing students for a professional career in acting and musical theatre as well as part time courses for adults. As Dorset’s only full time professional Drama School we are proud of our commitment to the future of acting and drama. As such we provide performing arts youth courses including LAMDA classes for students aged 5-21 years in the south including Bournemouth, Poole, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

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Full Time Courses

Courses for those wishing to pursue a professional career in acting and musical theatre.

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Part Time Courses

Courses for adults wanting to develop and improve their acting and dancing skills.

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Youth Courses

Courses for young people aged 5 – 21 years in musical theatre and acting.

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LAMDA class for young people aged 11-18 years to prepare for LAMDA examinations.

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Upcoming Events

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‘Broadway & Beyond”

Canford School
Canford Magna
BH21 3AD

Join us at The Layard Theatre where all our musical theatre youth students will be performing sections from some of world’s best loved musicals.

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DNA by Dennis Kelly

Old War Bunker

Rothesay Rd

Talbot Woods



Set in an old war bunker, this version of Dennis Kelly’s well known play ‘DNA’ follows a group of teenagers who, after doing something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that … Continued

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The times they are a changin’

Over the last decade there has been a real change in acting. With the growing popularity of the American TV series with movie production values, acting in particular has had to change and become more and more realistic. Audiences want … Continued



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Dame Harriet Walter

DSA's Patron

Dame Harriet Walter

DSA is thrilled to have Harriet Walter as it’s patron. She represents everything that DSA believes in and strives for in classical and modern acting.

I first became interested in the Dorset School of Acting a number of years ago when I saw their creativity, attitude and consideration for the theatre they were producing; a company endeavouring to make difference. Since then they have proved themselves as a tenacious centre of excellence in Acting & Musical Theatre training. I’m excited to be patron to such a bright and fearless school.

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