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

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

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Upcoming Events

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Paines Plough Roundabout Youth Platform 2017

We are pleased to be part of this year’s Paines Plough Roundabout event with Activate.  Each year Lighthouse brings the Roundabout theatre into poole park where Paines Plough perform a variety of productions.  During the time it’s situated here they … Continued


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Drama School for a Day 2018

Lighthouse,
21 Kingland Road,
Poole, BH15 1UG

DSA’s ‘Drama School for a Day’ is still one of the area’s most popular events for those who want to pursue a professional career in the acting /performing industry.  We are proud to still provide this event after 7 years, … Continued


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SIGN OF THE TIMES – 1984 is here!!

With recent news that the uptake of GCSE Drama has fallen by about 9% with the EBACC being cited as one of the reasons and the fact that fatuous ministers in the government feel that the increase of students taking … Continued


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And the winner is……..

Who in their right mind willingly stays up till 5am in the morning watching TV? Evidently me! So after the telethon that was the 88th Academy Awards I have had time to take in the results, the funny moments and … Continued


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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