The Dorset School of Acting

Be Brave, Be Bright, Be Brilliant

The Dorset School of Acting is an internationally and nationally recognised Drama 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 for students aged 5-21 years in the south including Bournemouth, Poole, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

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We use our own systematical approach to the art and craft of the actor...
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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 skills.

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Youth Courses

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

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The Process

Find out how we make truthful actors.

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Upcoming Events

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‘Broadway & Beyond”

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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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‘The Greatest Showman’ Summer school 10-18 yrs

Come and be part of the greatest show on earth this year with ‘THE GREATEST SHOWMAN’.  You’ll spend a fun-filled week with us while we dance, sing & act our way through the most popular film musical of 2018!  Not only will … Continued

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Get the right audition speeches for drama school 😮

Planning on auditioning for drama school – don’t know where to start?  What this video and get a helping hand from our principal, James!


Dorset’s best kept secret 😍

Check out this great local article about us in The Echo!

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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